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HUMANIVERSITY
HUMANIVERSITY
The following pages represent a first draft
how the book will attempt to capture
the intense experience
at the humaniversity
PRAMESH
Gerhard Friedrich Kunz
Publisher & Photographer
Römerstrasse 3 / Atelier 7
A - 2424 Zurndorf - Friedrichshof
0043 (0) 650 . 811 6580
[email protected]
HUMANIVERSITY
introduction
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from making a neutral judgement on the visual impact and
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readability of the typefaces (typography), or the distribution
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of text on the page (layout or type area). For this reason,
of the past used dummy texts as lyrics when writing melodies in order
dummy text usually consists of a more or less random series
to have a ‚ready-made‘ text to sing with the melody. Dummy texts have
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typefaces and layouts, and in general the content of dummy text is
so that the layout impression of the final publication is not
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readability is of great importance: human perception is tuned to
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the overall visual impression and facilitates the comparison of
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to contend with.
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Allegedly, a Latin scholar established the origin of the text by compiling all
In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known
dummy text is relatively realistic so that the layout impression
the instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually
beyond the professional circle of typesetters and
of the final publication is not compromised.
recognized it as a passage from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the
layout designers when it was used for Letraset sheets
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question.
extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the
(adhesive letters on transparent film, popular until
The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which
Middle Ages: „Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
the 1980s) Versions of the text were subsequently
is said to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum
amet, consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately: „Nor is there anyone who
included in DTP programmes such as PageMaker etc.
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corresponds to ‚proper‘ Latin. It contains a series of real Latin
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pre-press workflow
words. This ancient dummy text is also incomprehensible, but it
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letters were added or deleted at various positions within the text. This might
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the original text remain in the Lorem Ipsum texts used
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today. One may speculate that over the course of
the instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually
time certain letters were added or deleted at various
recognized it as a passage from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the
positions within the text. This might also explain why
extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the
one can now find slightly different versions. Due to the
European languages in Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and the
Middle Ages: „Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
age of the Lorem Ipsum text there are no copyright
relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not attract
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attention to itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the layout.
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In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain letters appear
A typical Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
beyond the professional circle of typesetters and
more frequently than others - which creates a distinct visual impression.
consectetur adipisici elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore
layout designers when it was used for Letraset sheets
Moreover, in Latin only words at the beginning of sentences are capitalized;
this means that Lorem Ipsum cannot accurately represent, for example,
German, in which all nouns are capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only
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filler for German texts. If the fill text is intended to illustrate
to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in
the characteristics of different typefaces, it sometimes makes
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symbols specific to the output language.
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languages in Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and the
are usually used when a text is required purely to fill a space.
relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not
These alternatives to the classic Lorem Ipsum texts are often
attract attention to itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the
amusing and tell short, funny or nonsensical stories.
layout.
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain letters
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appear more frequently than others - which creates a distinct
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visual impression. Moreover, in Latin only words at the beginning
to a text composed by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a Latin
of sentences are capitalized; this means that Lorem Ipsum cannot
scholar established the origin of the text by compiling all the
accurately represent, for example, German, in which all nouns are
instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he could find
capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only limited suitability as a visual
and eventually recognized it as a passage from ‚De finibus
Theses letters are merely occupying the space
for the wise words yet to be placed here.
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Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum Text - according to most sources,
Based on ‚De finibus‘, these generators automatically
Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text composed by Cicero in 45 BC.
create longer sections of the Lorem Ipsum text or
Allegedly, a Latin scholar established the origin of the text by compiling all
various other filler texts.
the instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually
The phrasal sequence of the Lorem Ipsum text is
recognized it as a passage from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the
now so widespread and commonplace that many
extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the
DTP programmes can generate dummy text using the
Middle Ages: „Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
starting sequence „Lorem ipsum“. Fortunately, the
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letters were added or deleted at various positions within the text. This might
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raised. This avoids a publication going to print with
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overlooked dummy text.
Automatic recognition of Lorem Ipsum during the pre-press workflow
Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum text - ccording
The spread of computers and layout programmes thus made dummy text
to most sources, Lorum Ipsum can be traced back
better known. While in earlier times several lines of the Lorem Ipsum text were
to a text composed by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly,
repeated in the creation of dummy texts, today the full text of Cicero‘s ‚De
a Latin scholar established the origin of the text
finibus‘ serves as the basis for many dummy text or Lorem Ipsum generators.
by compiling all the instances of the unusual word
Theses letters are merely occupying the space for the wise words
yet to be placed here. These letters are occupying space for the
wise words yet to be placed here.
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Dummy text is text that is used in the publishing industry or by web
It contains a series of real Latin words. This ancient dummy
designers to occupy the space which will later be filled with ‚real‘ content.
text is also incomprehensible, but it imitates the rhythm of
This is required when, for example, the final text is not yet available.
most European languages in Latin script. The advantage
Dummy text is also known as ‚fill text‘. It is said that song composers
of its Latin origin and the relative meaninglessness of
of the past used dummy texts as lyrics when writing melodies in order
Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not attract attention to
to have a ‚ready-made‘ text to sing with the melody. Dummy texts have
itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the layout.
been in use by typesetters since the 16th century.
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain
The usefulness of nonsensical content
letters appear more frequently than others - which creates
Dummy text is also used to demonstrate the appearance of different
a distinct visual impression. Moreover, in Latin only words
typefaces and layouts, and in general the content of dummy text is
at the beginning of sentences are capitalized; this means
nonsensical. Due to its widespread use as filler text for layouts, non-
that Lorem Ipsum cannot accurately represent, for
readability is of great importance: human perception is tuned to
example, German, in which all nouns are capitalized. Thus,
recognize certain patterns and repetitions in texts. If the distribution
Lorem Ipsum has only limited suitability as a visual filler
of letters and ‚words‘ is random, the reader will not be distracted from
for German texts. If the fill text is intended to illustrate the
making a neutral judgement on the visual impact and readability of the
characteristics of different typefaces, it sometimes makes
typefaces (typography), or the distribution of text on the page (layout
sense to select texts containing the various letters and
or type area). For this reason, dummy text usually consists of a more
symbols specific to the output language.
or less random series of words or syllables. This prevents repetitive
There is now an abundance of readable dummy texts.
patterns from impairing the overall visual impression and facilitates the
These are usually used when a text is required purely
comparison of different typefaces. Furthermore, it is advantageous
to fill a space. These alternatives to the classic Lorem
when the dummy text is relatively realistic so that the layout impression
Ipsum texts are often amusing and tell short, funny or
of the final publication is not compromised.
nonsensical stories.
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question.
Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum text
The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which is said
According to most sources, Lorum Ipsum can be traced
to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in a
back to a text composed by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a
pseudo-Latin language which more or less corresponds to ‚proper‘ Latin.
Latin scholar established the origin of the text by compiling
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The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which is said
It seems that only fragments of the original text remain in
to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in
the Lorem Ipsum texts used today. One may speculate that
a pseudo-Latin language which more or less corresponds to ‚proper‘
over the course of time certain letters were added or deleted
Latin. It contains a series of real Latin words. This ancient dummy text
at various positions within the text. This might also explain
is also incomprehensible, but it imitates the rhythm of most European
why one can now find slightly different versions. Due to the
languages in Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and the
age of the Lorem Ipsum text there are no copyright issues to
relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not
contend with.
attract attention to itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the
In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known beyond
layout.
the professional circle of typesetters and layout designers
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain letters appear
when it was used for Letraset sheets (adhesive letters on
more frequently than others - which creates a distinct visual impression.
transparent film, popular until the 1980s) Versions of the
Moreover, in Latin only words at the beginning of sentences are
text were subsequently included in DTP programmes such as
capitalized; this means that Lorem Ipsum cannot accurately represent,
PageMaker etc.
for example, German, in which all nouns are capitalized. Thus, Lorem
Automatic recognition of Lorem Ipsum during the pre-press
Ipsum has only limited suitability as a visual filler for German texts.
workflow
If the fill text is intended to illustrate the characteristics of different
The spread of computers and layout programmes thus made
typefaces, it sometimes makes sense to select texts containing the
dummy text better known. While in earlier times several lines
various letters and symbols specific to the output language.
of the Lorem Ipsum text were repeated in the creation of
There is now an abundance of readable dummy texts. These are
dummy texts, today the full text of Cicero‘s ‚De finibus‘ serves
usually used when a text is required purely to fill a space. These
as the basis for many dummy text or Lorem Ipsum generators.
alternatives to the classic Lorem Ipsum texts are often amusing and
Based on ‚De finibus‘, these generators automatically create
tell short, funny or nonsensical stories.
longer sections of the Lorem Ipsum text or various other filler
texts.
Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum text
The phrasal sequence of the Lorem Ipsum text is now so
According to most sources, Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text
widespread and commonplace that many DTP programmes
composed by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a Latin scholar established
can generate dummy text using the starting sequence
the origin of the text by compiling all the instances of the unusual word
„Lorem ipsum“. Fortunately, the phrase ‚Lorem Ipsum‘ is now
‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually recognized it as a passage
recognized by electronic pre-press systems and, when found,
from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the extremes of Good and
an alarm can be raised. This avoids a publication going to
Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the Middle Ages:
print with overlooked dummy text.
„Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit, amet,
consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately: „Nor is there anyone
who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is
pain...“). A typical Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem ipsum dolor
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Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum Text - According to most sources,
also explain why one can now find slightly different
Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text composed by Cicero in 45 BC.
versions. Due to the age of the Lorem Ipsum text
Allegedly, a Latin scholar established the origin of the text by compiling all
there are no copyright issues to contend with.
the instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually
In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known
recognized it as a passage from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the
beyond the professional circle of typesetters and
extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the
layout designers when it was used for Letraset sheets
Middle Ages: „Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
(adhesive letters on transparent film, popular until
amet, consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately: „Nor is there anyone who
the 1980s) Versions of the text were subsequently
loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain...“).
included in DTP programmes such as PageMaker etc.
A typical Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
Automatic recognition of Lorem Ipsum during the
consectetur adipisici elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore
pre-press workflow
magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim ...“.
The spread of computers and layout programmes
It seems that only fragments of the original text remain in the Lorem Ipsum
thus made dummy text better known. While in earlier
texts used today. One may speculate that over the course of time certain
times several lines of the Lorem Ipsum text were
letters were added or deleted at various positions within the text. This might
repeated in the creation of dummy texts, today the
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Space for quote by VEREESH
The usefulness of nonsensical content - Dummy text is also used to
funny or nonsensical stories. Origin and meaning of
demonstrate the appearance of different typefaces and layouts, and in
the Lorem Ipsum text According to most sources,
general the content of dummy text is nonsensical. Due to its widespread
Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text composed
use as filler text for layouts, non-readability is of great importance:
by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a Latin scholar
human perception is tuned to recognize certain patterns and
established the origin of the text by compiling all
repetitions in texts. If the distribution of letters and ‚words‘ is random,
the instances of the unusual word ‚consectetur‘ he
the reader will not be distracted from making a neutral judgement
could find and eventually recognized it as a passage
on the visual impact and readability of the typefaces (typography),
from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the
or the distribution of text on the page (layout or type area). For this
extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book that
reason, dummy text usually consists of a more or less random series
was very popular in the Middle Ages: „Neque porro
of words or syllables. This prevents repetitive patterns from impairing
quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
the overall visual impression and facilitates the comparison of different
amet, consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately:
typefaces. Furthermore, it is advantageous when the dummy text is
„Nor is there anyone who loves or pursues or
relatively realistic so that the layout impression of the final publication
desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain...“).
is not compromised.
A typical Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question.
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The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which is said
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to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in
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a pseudo-Latin language which more or less corresponds to ‚proper‘
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Latin. It contains a series of real Latin words. This ancient dummy
It seems that only fragments of the original text
text is also incomprehensible, but it imitates the rhythm of most
remain in the Lorem Ipsum texts used today. One
European languages in Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin
may speculate that over the course of time certain
and the relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text
letters were added or deleted at various positions
does not attract attention to itself or distract the viewer‘s attention
within the text. This might also explain why one
from the layout. One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin
can now find slightly different versions. Due to the
certain letters appear more frequently than others - which creates
age of the Lorem Ipsum text there are no copyright
a distinct visual impression. Moreover, in Latin only words at the
issues to contend with.
beginning of sentences are capitalized; this means that Lorem Ipsum
In the 1960s, the text suddenly became known
cannot accurately represent, for example, German, in which all nouns
beyond the professional circle of typesetters and
are capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only limited suitability as a
layout designers when it was used for Letraset
visual filler for German texts. If the fill text is intended to illustrate the
sheets (adhesive letters on transparent film,
characteristics of different typefaces, it sometimes makes sense to
popular until the 1980s) Versions of the text were
select texts containing the various letters and symbols specific to the
subsequently included in DTP programmes such as
output language.
PageMaker etc.
There is now an abundance of readable dummy texts. These are usually
Automatic recognition of Lorem Ipsum during the
used when a text is required purely to fill a space. These alternatives
pre-press workflow. The spread of computers and
to the classic Lorem Ipsum texts are often amusing and tell short,
layout programmes thus made dummy text better
as a visual filler for German texts. If the fill text is intended to illustrate
the characteristics of different typefaces, it sometimes makes sense to
select texts containing the various letters and symbols specific to the
output language.
There is now an abundance of readable dummy texts. These are usually
used when a text is required purely to fill a space. These alternatives to
the classic Lorem Ipsum texts are often amusing and tell short, funny
or nonsensical stories.
Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum text
According to most sources, Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text
composed by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a Latin scholar established the
origin of the text by compiling all the instances of the unusual word
Dummy text is also used to demonstrate the appearance of different
the comparison of different typefaces. Furthermore, it is
European languages in Latin script. The advantage of its
‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually recognized it as a passage
typefaces and layouts, and in general the content of dummy text is
advantageous when the dummy text is relatively realistic
Latin origin and the relative meaninglessness of Lorum
from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘ (On the extremes of Good
nonsensical. Due to its widespread use as filler text for layouts, non-
so that the layout impression of the final publication is not
Ipsum is that the text does not attract attention to itself
and Evil) by Cicero, a book that was very popular in the Middle Ages:
readability is of great importance: human perception is tuned to
compromised.
or distract the viewer‘s attention from the layout.
„Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit, amet,
recognize certain patterns and repetitions in texts. If the distribution
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question.
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain
consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately: „Nor is there anyone who
of letters and ‚words‘ is random, the reader will not be distracted from
The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘,
letters appear more frequently than others - which
loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain...“).
making a neutral judgement on the visual impact and readability of the
which is said to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem
creates a distinct visual impression. Moreover, in Latin
A typical Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
typefaces (typography), or the distribution of text on the page (layout
Ipsum is composed in a pseudo-Latin language which
only words at the beginning of sentences are capitalized;
consectetur adipisici elit, sed eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et
or type area). For this reason, dummy text usually consists of a more
more or less corresponds to ‚proper‘ Latin. It contains
this means that Lorem Ipsum cannot accurately
dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim ...“.
or less random series of words or syllables. This prevents repetitive
a series of real Latin words. This ancient dummy text is
represent, for example, German, in which all nouns are
It seems that only fragments of the original text remain in the Lorem
patterns from impairing the overall visual impression and facilitates
also incomprehensible, but it imitates the rhythm of most
capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only limited suitability
Ipsum texts used today. One may speculate that over the course of
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Dummy text: Its function as a filler or as a tool for comparing
meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not attract attention to
by compiling all the instances of the unusual word
the visual impression of different typefaces
itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the layout.
‚consectetur‘ he could find and eventually recognized
Dummy text is text that is used in the publishing industry or
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain letters appear more
it as a passage from ‚De finibus bonorum et malorum‘
by web designers to occupy the space which will later be filled
frequently than others - which creates a distinct visual impression. Moreover,
(On the extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, a book
with ‚real‘ content. This is required when, for example, the
in Latin only words at the beginning of sentences are capitalized; this means
that was very popular in the Middle Ages: „Neque
final text is not yet available. Dummy text is also known as ‚fill
that Lorem Ipsum cannot accurately represent, for example, German, in
porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit,
text‘. It is said that song composers of the past used dummy
which all nouns are capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only limited suitability
amet, consectetur, adipisci velit... „ (Approximately:
texts as lyrics when writing melodies in order to have a ‚ready-
as a visual filler for German texts. If the fill text is intended to illustrate the
„Nor is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires
made‘ text to sing with the melody. Dummy texts have been
characteristics of different typefaces, it sometimes makes sense to select texts
to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain...“). A typical
in use by typesetters since the 16th century.
containing the various letters and symbols specific to the output language.
Lorem Ipsum text goes like this: „Lorem ipsum dolor
The usefulness of nonsensical content
There is now an abundance of readable dummy texts. These are usually used
sit amet, consectetur adipisici elit, sed eiusmod
Dummy text is also used to demonstrate the appearance of
when a text is required purely to fill a space. These alternatives to the classic
tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut
different typefaces and layouts, and in general the content
Lorem Ipsum texts are often amusing and tell short, funny or nonsensical
enim ad minim ...“.
of dummy text is nonsensical. Due to its widespread use as
stories.
It seems that only fragments of the original text
filler text for layouts, non-readability is of great importance:
Origin and meaning of the Lorem Ipsum text
remain in the Lorem Ipsum texts used today. One
human perception is tuned to recognize certain patterns and
According to most sources, Lorum Ipsum can be traced back to a text composed
may speculate that over the course of time certain
repetitions in texts. If the distribution of letters and ‚words‘
by Cicero in 45 BC. Allegedly, a Latin scholar established the origin of the text
letters were added or deleted at various positions
is random, the reader will not be distracted from making a
neutral judgement on the visual impact and readability of the
typefaces (typography), or the distribution of text on the page
(layout or type area). For this reason, dummy text usually
consists of a more or less random series of words or syllables.
This prevents repetitive patterns from impairing the overall
visual impression and facilitates the comparison of different
typefaces. Furthermore, it is advantageous when the dummy
text is relatively realistic so that the layout impression of the
final publication is not compromised.
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question.
The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which
is said to have originated in the 16th century. Lorem Ipsum
is composed in a pseudo-Latin language which more or less
corresponds to ‚proper‘ Latin. It contains a series of real Latin
words. This ancient dummy text is also incomprehensible,
but it imitates the rhythm of most European languages in
Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and the relative
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Dummy text is text that is used in the publishing industry or by web designers
patterns from impairing the overall visual impression
to occupy the space which will later be filled with ‚real‘ content. This is required
and facilitates the comparison of different typefaces.
when, for example, the final text is not yet available. Dummy text is also
Furthermore, it is advantageous when the dummy
known as ‚fill text‘. It is said that song composers of the past used dummy
text is relatively realistic so that the layout impression
texts as lyrics when writing melodies in order to have a ‚ready-made‘ text to
of the final publication is not compromised.
sing with the melody. Dummy texts have been in use by typesetters since the
Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the
16th century.
question.
The usefulness of nonsensical content
The most well-known dummy text is the ‚Lorem
Dummy text is also used to demonstrate the appearance of different typefaces
Ipsum‘, which is said to have originated in the 16th
and layouts, and in general the content of dummy text is nonsensical. Due
century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in a pseudo-Latin
to its widespread use as filler text for layouts, non-readability is of great
language which more or less corresponds to ‚proper‘
importance: human perception is tuned to recognize certain patterns and
Latin. It contains a series of real Latin words. This
repetitions in texts. If the distribution of letters and ‚words‘ is random, the
ancient dummy text is also incomprehensible, but it
reader will not be distracted from making a neutral judgement on the visual
imitates the rhythm of most European languages in
impact and readability of the typefaces (typography), or the distribution of text
Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and the
on the page (layout or type area). For this reason, dummy text usually consists
relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the
of a more or less random series of words or syllables. This prevents repetitive
text does not attract attention to itself or distract the
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Incomprehensibility or readability? That is the question. - the most well-known
in Latin only words at the beginning of sentences
dummy text is the ‚Lorem Ipsum‘, which is said to have originated in the 16th
are capitalized; this means that Lorem Ipsum cannot
century. Lorem Ipsum is composed in a pseudo-Latin language which more or
accurately represent, for example, German, in which
less corresponds to ‚proper‘ Latin. It contains a series of real Latin words. This
all nouns are capitalized. Thus, Lorem Ipsum has only
ancient dummy text is also incomprehensible, but it imitates the rhythm of
limited suitability as a visual filler for German texts. If
most European languages in Latin script. The advantage of its Latin origin and
the fill text is intended to illustrate the characteristics
the relative meaninglessness of Lorum Ipsum is that the text does not attract
of different typefaces, it sometimes makes sense
attention to itself or distract the viewer‘s attention from the layout.
to select texts containing the various letters and
One disadvantage of Lorum Ipsum is that in Latin certain letters appear more
symbols specific to the output language. There is now
frequently than others - which creates a distinct visual impression. Moreover,
an abundance of readable dummy texts.
SOME FINAL NOTES
The pages you just looked at are
a first taste how the book will look like.
Of course there will be much more text-space in
the book and the photos more spread out over
the pages - but this draft already shows
the power the book will have.
PRAMESH
Gerhard Friedrich Kunz
Publisher & Photographer
Römerstrasse 3 / Atelier 7
A - 2424 Zurndorf - Friedrichshof
0043 (0) 650 . 811 6580
[email protected]
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