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by dave, 08/29/10

Since the dawn of time, there has been a process to developing web presentations - you start with a design, get it approved by whoever's sitting on the money, then you build from that. It's more than just tradition, it's the way it's done. To question the process publicly would brand you a renegade, a free thinker... a troublemaker. That can cost you gigs. So, you do it the way it's always been done. Conform and survive. Cash them checks.

In these presentations, you often require 'dummy text' to fill out the places where actual text will go once the money men buy it from some other overpriced consultant. Historically, this dummy text is a block of latin boilerplate that begins with 'Lorem Ipsum'. It fills up the space with sentences and paragraphs, but it's been used so long by so many that - like banner ads and tv commercials - people just gloss over it without paying any attention to the contents. Herein lies your opportunity to subvert the timeless standard.

Sure, you can use this space to tout the benefits to be had by smashing the state and/or killing everyone over the age of 30, but a far safer bet is to fill out that area with something unoffensive yet different, something that will get you remembered favorably by the mouthbreathers that pay you to slap their crap up on the web, reinforcing your revenue stream while you synergize your brand across shifting paradigms and all that other corporate jibberish. The answer comes in this, a random text generator for those of us who are above dead languages and unquestioned tradition.

It would be a heinous injustice to not give a tip of the hat to Malevole, whose random text generator opened up my eyes to the world of alternative dummy text. I've been using it feverishly for years, and it has been key to my salvation as a web designer. Thank you Malevole. I love you, man. However, your ingenious generator is short a few features that I've wanted over the years, so I finally built my own, adding the capability of automagically adding various HTML tags around the paragraphs and sorting the snippets into genres for further tailoring of the 'dummy text' effect. Out of respect, I have attempted to avoid all snippets that are available on Malevole's fine generator. Enjoy.

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