Dead language becomes dated placeholder

By Keely Dolan

Although placeholder text has been used in word processing for decades, it’s rarely the subject of scrutiny.

Lorem ipsum is the Latin-derived placeholder text used by graphic designers and layout specialists. But in this age of sophisticated digital-document product, is it time for an updated version?

In his thread titled “A new lorem ipsum?”, Lounge member peterg suggests there’s a need for a new string of text, usable for showing off typographic extras and letter-spacing anomalies in differing languages. The discussion into the intricacies of letter spacing and color make this thread an enlightening read. More»

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The following links are this week’s most-interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:


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The Lounge Life column is a digest of the best of the WS Lounge discussion board. Keely Dolan is a Windows Secrets Lounge administrator.
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