Scribes on the web

Subject: Scribes on the web
From: "Larry Kunz ((919) 254-6395)" <ldkunz -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 12:22:40 EST

To justify our professional status, we technical communicators have
long used the rallying cry "We're not scribes!" As proof we cite the
serious, creative things we do -- like designing web pages.

Now the New York Times reports that the 24 monks at Christ in the
Desert, a Benedictine monastery in northern New Mexico, are hard at
work designing web pages, which they see as a logical extension of
what they've been doing for almost 1500 years. Reports the Times:
"As long ago as the sixth century, Benedictine monks worked in the
scriptoria, or writing rooms, of Italian monasteries creating
illuminated manuscripts from the Bible and classical texts."

OK, so maybe it's not so bad to be a scribe. :-)

(Check out http://www.technet.nm.org/pax.html, and let Brother URL
take you on an online tour. This is not an endorsement of the
services offered by Christ in the Desert.)

Larry Kunz
STC Assistant to the President for Professional Development
ldkunz -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com


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