Tim tells me the story of Lorem Ipsum

My good friend Tim from Melbourne is doing some design subjects at uni at the moment and he told me a rather nifty story about where the latin filler words that you sometimes see in website layouts come from:

Tim says: its actually just lorem ipsum
Helephant says: :) does that mean anything?
Tim says: You mean I get to teach you what lorem ipsum is? Yay!
Tim says: A hem
Tim says: Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when
an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.
 It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting,
 remaining essentially unchanged.

It’s quite cool that it’s a printing tradition that’s lasted so long. :) Tim also gave a me link to a page with a bit more of the story where you can generate as much filler text as you want.

Posted on 12 Apr 06 by Helen Emerson (last updated on 12 Apr 06).
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