Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet text that appears in Word Help

The phrase “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetuer” appears in Microsoft Word online Help. While this phrase appears as an intelligent Latin idiom, it is really just gibber.
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The Microsoft Support site explains that the passage Lorem ipsum is taken from text that reads, “Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit …,” which translates as, “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain…” http://support.microsoft.com/kb/114222/en-us?spid=11377&sid=global

During the 1500s, a printer adapted Cicero’s text to develop a page of type samples.

Since then, the Latin-like text has been the printing industry’s standard for fake, or dummy, text. Before electronic publishing, graphic designers had to mock up layouts by drawing in squiggled lines to indicate text.
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Wikipedia adds that today’s popular version of lorem ipsum was first created for Aldus Corporation’s first desktop publishing program Aldus PageMaker in the mid-1980s for the Apple Macintosh. Art director Laura Perry adapted older forms of the lorem text from typography samples. The text was frequently used in PageMaker templates.

Various pieces of software, including text editors (or plug-in modules for same), can generate semi-random “lorem text” that often has little or nothing in common with the canonical variety, other than looking like (and often being) jumbled Latin. Apple’s Pages software uses this jumbled text as a sample screenplay for their screenplay layout.

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