Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lorem Ipsum - The Facts

Cicero title page
The jibberish text you see in some website templates and page layouts is known as Lorem Ipsum. It is used in the printing and typesetting industries so readers are not distracted by readable text when looking at page layouts. It originated in the 1500s when, so the story goes, a printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. Lorem Ipsum was born and it has remained more or less unchanged since that time and has crossed into the digital domain into desktop publishing software.

The real source of Lorem Ipsum
In reality, Lorum Ipsum it takes its roots from a piece of classical Latin literature written by Cicero in 45BC called "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" or "The Extremes of Good and Evil". Nowadays there are many variations around with the majority having been adulterated with the injection of humour or randomised words. The Lorum Ipsum website warns "you need to be sure there isn't anyhing embarrassing hidden in the middle of the text". They provide a generator of paragraphs, words and lists in Lorum Ipsum which is free of repetition, injected humour and non-characteristic words. You can find this tool on the web at Lorem Ipsum - All the Facts.

The following information is copied from the Lorem Ipsum website.

The standard Lorem Ipsum passage, used since the 1500s
"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing 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."

Section 1.10.32 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum"
(written by Cicero in 45 BC)

"Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur?"

1914 translation by H. Rackham

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Source Lorem Ipsum - all the facts

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