Saturday, 10 May 2008

Screw Lipsum

People love (I mean LOVE) to fill up their mediocre templates with text from Lipsum:

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

But this stuff is so dull! Surely it's preferable to at least fill your templates with something more legible and interesting:

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your ways, through adventures every day. Every day and night, with the condor in flight, with all your friends in tow, you search for the Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... wishing for The Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... some day we will find The Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do ah-ah-ah, do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... some day we will find The Cities of Gold.

Malevole's Text Generator has the filler text hookup.


Anonymous said...

The value of the Lipsum text is that its meaninglessness doesn't distract from the structure of the page layout.

Using 'Knight Rider' text depreciates the value of the Lipsum text by drawing attention towards the text, and thus away from the page layout.

leondz said...

That sounds fair; I'd imagine that the word lengths in Lorem Ipsum are well distributed enough to flow well, in a manner similar to Latin-scripted text. This alternative is a fantastic gimmick, though!

Anonymous said...

It's true.
Every time I code a site and put in Malevole's text (which is always!) I get told to change it to Lorem Ipsum. Bloody philistines!

You don't get that with the Cicero, although my friend had one (major) site actually go live before the client asked "Why's my site all in latin?" At least they notice the Dogtanian!

Anonymous said...

The Lorem Ipsum text is often used because it's more resistant to typographic rivers, or visually distracting rivulets of whitespace that run vertically through the text. Your "Children of the sun" sample, with lots of repeated letters and words, is particularly bad at that.

Anonymous said...

I've been using this a lot... but now I've stumbled upon which takes it to the next level.

Classics are good, and free (as in speech, as in public domain).

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