:) They're just what you discovered them to be from the dictionary. They
don't mean anything. They're just used as a placeholder for text in
examples. Much in the same way as designers use meaningless text in
prototype designs.

If you want to know more there's plenty of resources on the web that attempt
to detail their history. Just Google for them.


<p>foo bar</p>

instead of

<p>text that means something</p>


MIS Web Design

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Gregor Hagedorn
> Sent: 13 March 2003 11:40
> To:
> Subject: FOO and BAR
> In the help for the validator
> ( two words are used which I
> tried to look up in my dictionary and still do not understand the
> help file (I am not a native speaker). I think they are probably
> abbreviation for something.
> What is foo and bar? Can you add a definition of these to the help
> file?
> Gregor
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