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Ah, the good old Lorem Ipsum.  The best resource for Lorem Ipsum information and generation appears to be http://www.lipsum.com/.  That site includes a Lorem Ipsum generator that does a little more than just regurgitate canned sentences.  Another (less polished) site is http://www.lorem-ipsum.info/.  This second site's benefit is generating Lorem Ipsum in different character sets for web programmers to use against their solutions.  Here are some of the gory details from http://www.lipsum.com/.

What is Lorem Ipsum?

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 was popularized in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the un-doubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humor and the like).

Where can I get some?

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available, but the majority have suffered alteration in some form, by injected humor, or randomized words which don't look even slightly believable. If you are going to use a passage of Lorem Ipsum, you need to be sure there isn't anything embarrassing hidden in the middle of the text. All the Lorem Ipsum generators on the Internet tend to repeat predefined chunks as necessary, making this the first true generator on the Internet. It uses a dictionary of over 200 Latin words, combined with a handful of model sentence structures, to generate Lorem Ipsum which looks reasonable. The generated Lorem Ipsum is therefore always free from repetition, injected humor, or non-characteristic words etc.

What does Lorem Ipsum look like?

Here are three paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas sed odio eget tellus mollis convallis. Sed porta magna et eros. Phasellus ornare. Praesent blandit lorem et libero. Donec id libero a massa tincidunt imperdiet. Pellentesque nulla massa, blandit et, malesuada ut, dapibus vel, quam. Fusce quis libero et eros pellentesque dictum. Aliquam turpis. Nulla facilisi. Donec vitae sapien. Etiam odio felis, ultricies dignissim, ultrices et, iaculis sed, ante. Integer sagittis ipsum a metus. Fusce et massa. Nullam adipiscing wisi eget elit. Nunc in magna sed ante dapibus lobortis. Ut rhoncus sem. Vestibulum semper mi sit amet leo.

Nunc nibh sem, tincidunt ac, ultrices quis, auctor in, justo. Fusce non metus nec lacus molestie venenatis. Nulla pretium, odio et consectetuer fringilla, eros augue ornare nulla, eu pellentesque lacus lorem et tortor. Etiam vitae neque sit amet diam ultrices commodo. Integer vitae dui. Ut adipiscing tortor at libero. Mauris ut nibh vel purus convallis pharetra. Vestibulum nec justo ac nulla dictum suscipit. Mauris convallis aliquam ipsum. Sed tempor, lorem a pharetra tempor, turpis dui varius ante, non aliquam sem ipsum id massa. Etiam leo. Aliquam tellus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Maecenas eros. Cras eu augue scelerisque magna eleifend laoreet. Ut id nulla. Etiam tincidunt. Donec eget purus.

Suspendisse nec lorem eget urna egestas tempor. Vivamus velit. Donec pretium wisi sed arcu blandit pulvinar. Suspendisse potenti. Praesent est. Etiam sagittis fermentum mauris. Morbi nisl libero, rhoncus ut, vehicula eget, sodales non, sapien. Nulla dolor nisl, posuere id, nonummy ut, interdum imperdiet, risus. Nam malesuada neque vel eros. Integer nonummy mi sit amet diam. Phasellus scelerisque. Pellentesque cursus accumsan libero.

Does Microsoft Word generate Lorem Ipsum?

No, although it is a favorite in Microsoft sample documents I have seen over the years.  Word has a template text generator.  Word allows you to insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.

The inserted sample text appears similar to the following:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

This feature is turned on by default, and is disabled when the Replace text as you type option is turned off. The number of sentences and paragraphs may be changed.  For full details, read this Knowledgebase article.

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Word 2007 now has a lorem ipsum generator. Simply type =lorem(3,4) to get three paragraphs of lorem of 4 sentences each.
Left by Win on Jul 19, 2007 1:57 PM

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Word actually does generate lorem ipsum when '=lorem(n)' where n is # of paragraphs, default is 3.
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