Right form the beginning of my studies I was fascinated by the digital world that began to develop and took shape in form of the famous Atari-PCs and the first Macs.
My subjects German, English and my elective subject Computer Sciences predestined me to seek the challenge of getting to know how this new medium ticks - at a time when standard Desktop PCs were rare and exotic and could only process data very slowly. The University of Würzburg already had a few of these devices that ran MS-DOS but their existence was only perceived by a few nerds.
When I did my first semesters in Würzburg the computer only played a subordinate role, but a good friend and fellow student of mine already possessed a second-hand Mac of the first generation and a matrix printer which I could use for my papers and reports. This was a quantum leap in the production of academic writing.
I enrolled in Prof. Dr. Standop’s seminar “Form and Shape of academic writing” and was impressed by the beauty of the formal language a document can have. And formatting was certainly one of the strongpoints of the WYSIWYG interface and of the early programs of the Mac with its unique typology.