Placeholder text

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Placeholder text may refer to any of the following:

1. In computer programming, a placeholder is a character, word, or string of characters that may be used to take up space until such a time that the space is needed. For example, a programmer may know that she needs a certain number of values or variables, but doesn't yet know what to input. She can use a placeholder as a temporary solution until a proper value or variable can be assigned.

Placeholder text2. Alternatively referred to as dummy text or filler text, placeholder text is text that temporarily "holds a place" in a document for the purpose of typesetting and layout. It may be used to preview fonts, spoof an e-mail spam filter, or reserve a specific place on a web page or other document for images, text, or some other object. For example, the designer of an online newsletter may have a template that they fill with dummy text so they can get an idea of how to layout a page looks. One of the most common filler texts is lorem ipsum.

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