Thomas Rekem – Dummy Text

Thomas Rekem is a professional web designer who also teaches courses on web design as his local community college. He teaches beginning, or introductory courses, as well as intermediate and advanced web design.
The introductory course covers many topics that are basic to web design. One of the areas that some students find fascinating is his discussion of what is called Lorem Ipsum, a kind of dummy text that is used in developing web sites to provide the appearance of content, when there is no actual content.
Using a Powerpoint presentation, Thomas Rekem shows his students what he calls a standard Lorem Ipsum passage:

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam…”
Lorem Ipsum, he explains, predates the computer industry by about four centuries. It isn’t random; it’s been used by printers since the 1500s, and is essentially unchanged. Lorem Ipsum really is a standardized non-language. Web designers can find sites that generate chunks of this text, and they can paste it into their developing sites so that they can get an idea of what, say, five hundred words looks like as they style paragraphs and decide where to place them on the web page.

Thomas Rekem uses Lorem Ipsum all the time, but says that some web developers don’t like it. “They think that with Lorem Ipsum they can’t see how real text will behave.” Some like to copy and paste English texts into their sites instead.”

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