Re: fostering plagiarism

Subject: Re: fostering plagiarism
From: Michael Burke <miburke -at- WSICORP -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 07:35:26 -0500

>I read the article
>and though not a professional 'webbie' sent a message to them in
>disgust. I thought we were all taught not to plagiarize...

Assuming the concern is with the paragraph in the article that

Look for pages you like on the Web, save them into
your page-making program, then cut out the content
on the pages and put yours in.

This is quite a common suggestion from those who would teach HTML. I
can't recall exactly which books I've seen this in, but I read a few
texts when I was learning HTML and I did see that suggestion posed.
The authors suggested using existing web pages almost as a template
for creating your won.

I'm not advocating the practice, just mentioning that it is more
widespread that we might think.

Michael Burke
Technical Writer
WSI Corporation
Billerica, MA

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