The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Gibberish or sense?

While looking up the Net for new fonts, I used to often come across examples of gibberish-looking text with that particular font. I used to see something similar when looking at page layouts that carried dummy text matter.

I assumed that it was merely a representation of what the font or the page would look like.

Till it struck me that there was a common thread in most of these – the words Lorem Ipsum.

I was curious about this, searched the net and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered what it meant. What this also told me that most everything in life has a reason, and it’s just that we either do not understand or do not seek to know.

Lorem Ipsum is merely dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry, and 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. The interesting thing is that this has not only survived for over five hundred years, but has also entered into the electronic typesetting business with little or no change.

The reason for using this also became clear. When looking at the layout of a page, one can often get distracted by the readable content on the page. The use of Lorem Ipsum helps because it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, thereby making it look like readable English. Which is why Lorem Ipsum has become the default model text in many web page editors.

I also discovered that Lorem Ipsum is not just random text and, in reality, has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. It comes a treatise on the theory of ethics called “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) byCicero, written in 45 BC. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32 of the book.

This was certainly something interesting I learnt.




October 4, 2011 - Posted by | About this and that | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting!



    Comment by Revathy Venkatratnam | October 4, 2011 | Reply

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