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Fillerati and Mockup Text

Lorem ipsum sign

Many (most?) readers of ProfHacker have built a website before, probably, and if so then you are likely familiar with Lorem ipsum, the deliberately nonsensical Latin that folks use to mock up design and layout.  (It’s helpful that it be nonsense, so that you don’t get distracted by trying to read it.)

Last year, I pointed out that Lorem ipsum makes for an excellent way to teach citations: Because the students don’t have to worry about thinking up real content, they can focus on format and the nuances of citation.

This year, I bring word of a new way to get text for mockup: Fillerati. Instead of Latin, Fillerati gives you a choice: novels by Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. G. Wells, or L. Frank Baum.  It will also give you raw text, paragraphs, headers, or list items.

On the one hand, Fillerati’s text might be just a bit too readable.  On the other hand, the early scifi texts are pretty appealing.  And the interactive text geenrator is fun to play with.  It’s also hard not to love any useful site conceived and executed in 48 hours. Last, for my assignment’s purposes, it still lets the students focus on citation and formatting issues, rather than worrying about writing something smart.

Outside of design-related assignments, do you teach with mockup text?  What text would you replace Lorem ipsum with?  Let us know in comments!

Image by Flickr user Lorena Cupcake / Creative Commons licensed

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