Copyfitting text: Numbered placeholder text

Copyfit text, or "copyfitting text", is used as a placeholder for real text, eg. when designing web page layouts or doing Desk Top Publishing (DTP). It is also known as eg. "placeholder text", "text fitting text", or "dummy text".

This page has two copyfitting texts - one for shorter layouts, and one for those with text blocks that are a little longer. The first is numbered with ordinary (Latin) numbers for every fifth character, the second is numbered with Roman numerals for every 50 character.

 

Text one: 1,500 characters numbered in blocks of five

The text below has 1,500 characters including the final dot. It is arranged in blocks of five and every fifth character is numbered.

To select, eg. 500 characters, mark the text from the beginning to "500" including the digit "5" from the number "500". If the whole number does not fit a block of five, one digit is replaced by a space.

abcd5 efg10 hi15j k20lm 25nop 0qrs3 tuv40 wx45y z50ab 55cde 0fgh6 ijk70 lm75n o80pq 85rst 0uvw9 xyz10 a105b c110d 115ef 20gh1 5ij13 k135l m140n 145op 50qr1 5st16 uv165 w170x 175yz 80ab1 5cd19 ef195 g200h 205ij 10kl2 5mn22 op225 q230r 235st 40uv2 5wx25 yz255 a260b 265cd 70ef2 5gh28 ij285 k290l 295mn 00op3 5qr31 st315 u320v 325wx 30yz3 5ab34 cd345 e350f 355gh 60ij3 5kl37 mn375 o380p 385qr 90st3 5uv40 wx405 y410z 415ab 20cd4 5ef43 gh435 i440j 445kl 50mn4 5op46 qr465 s470t 475uv 80wx4 5yz49 ab495 c500d 505ef 10gh5 5ij52 kl525 m530n 535op 40qr5 5st55 uv555 w560x 565yz 70ab5 5cd58 ef585 g590h 595ij 00kl6 5mn61 op615 q620r 625st 30uv6 6wx64 yz645 a650b 655cd 60ef6 5gh67 ij675 k680l 685mn 90op6 5qr70 st705 u710v 715wx 20yz7 5ab73 cd735 e740f 745gh 50ij7 5kl76 mn765 o770p 775qr 80st7 5uv79 wx795 y800z 805ab 10cd8 5ef82 gh825 i830j 835kl 40mn8 5op85 qr855 s860t 865uv 70wx8 5yz88 ab885 c890d 895ef 00gh9 5ij91 0k915 l920m 925no 30pq9 5rs94 tu945 v950w 955xy 60za9 5bc97 de975 f980g 985hi 90jk9 5lm10 0n100 o1010 1015p 021q1 25r10 0s103 t1040 1045u 050v1 55w10 0x106 y1070 1075z 080b1 85c10 0d109 e1100 1105f 110g1 15h11 0i112 j1130 1135k 140l1 45m11 0n115 o1160 1165p 170q1 75r11 0s118 t1190 1195u 200v1 05w12 0x121 y1220 1225z 230a1 35b12 0c124 d1250 1255e 260f1 65g12 0h127 i1280 1285j 290k1 95l13 0m130 n1310 1315o 320p1 25q13 0r133 s1340 1345t 350u1 55v13 0w136 x1370 1375y 380z1 85a13 0b139 c1400 1405d 410e1 15f14 0g142 h1430 1435i 440j1 45k14 0l145 m1460 1465n 470o1 75p14 0q148 r1490 1495s.

 

Text two: 2,000 characters with Roman numerals for every 50

The text below uses Roman numerals as length indicator. These are the coloured upper case letters in the text. One Roman numeral is placed for every 50 characters.

Roman Numerals


L equals 50
C equals 100
D equals 500
M equals 1,000

Using the placeholder text

Unlike the text above, the text below does not try to keep blocks of five. Note that character number 150 and 300 is a space character - in these cases the space caracter is replaced by the appropriate Roman numeral. This means that some blocks are 11 characters in stead of 5.

Working with the text this doesn't really cause problems, as, once the text is in place, you just replace the numeral with a space to get an even text flow.

The first L is character number 50, the first C is character number 100, the second L is character number 150 and so on.

abcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn oLpqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdCe fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrsLtuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hCijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxLy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklmCnopqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bLcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqCr stvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvw xyzab cdefgLhijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vDwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijkLl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxyzCabcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn oLpqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdCe fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrsLtuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hCijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz abcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwLx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hijklCmnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz aLbcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopMq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz abcdeLfghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tCuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghiLj klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi klmno pqrst uvwxyCzabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nLopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz abcCd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqrLstuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef gChij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvLw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijkDlmnop qrstu vwxyz abcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zLabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvw xyzab cdefg hijkl mnoCp qrstu vwxyz abcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcdLefghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr sCtuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnop qrstu vwxyz abcde fghLi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzabc defgh ijklm nopqr stuvwCxyzab cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lLmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd efghi jklmn opqrs tuvwx yzaCb cdefg hijkl mnopq rstuv wxyza bcdef ghijk lmnopLqrstu vwxyz abcde fghij klmno pqrst uvwxy zabcd eM

 

Similar types of text

A similar type text is the "greek" text or "Lorem Ipsum" named after the first two words of that particular text. That variant is often used, although it is not very good (probably because it is included as a sample in certain software packages). The main problem with "Lorem Ipsum" is that it has no way of easily determining the number of characters in a given text block or phrase.

Copyfitting text solves that problem and provides easy and accurate measurement of text lenght.

Still, if you wish to try it out, here's the Standard Lorem Ipsum placeholder text.

 

License, Use, and Copyright

Feel free to use these texts for your projects, commercial or not, that's what they're here for. Provide credits or links to this page or site if you like, or don't if you don't.

Last edited: 2004-07-19