Lorem Ipsum is what, why and how we use it?


When browsing design works on the web, you may find the text in these creations don’t have significance. In contrast to meaningful texts, these paragraphs seem like unreadable code. Interestingly, the title or the first paragraph starts with Lorem ipsum, so what is lorem ipsum?

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum."

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In a word, Lorem ipsum is a generic dummy placeholder with in publication samples. It can be traced in 15th century, when it was used for publish a typeface sample book. And in 1960s, the Lorem ipsum was re-applied in modern typesetting services. Up to now, the commonly used typesetting software, such as Word, PageMaker and InDesign etc., provide supports for Lorem ipsum, which we might have seen before.

Why the Lorem ipsum exists? For typesetting services, the meaningful texts in typesetting sample may distract people reading and thinking, and the real-important things— structure, colors and typeface are ignored. Besides, if we use simple texts, such as Sample Text Sample Text, the sample texts are lack of beauty, and these paragraphs can’t reflect the real situation if blocks are full of meaningful texts.

If you have ideas or requirements of typesetting or design, the Lorem ipsumgenerator may helps. The first two links are generators of these dummy texts, and you can find more generators by searching in Google.