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acronyms (in order of increasing obscurity):

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get (basic)

WYSIAYG - What You See Is All You Get (used by hackers and computer programers)

WYSIAWYG - What You See Is Almost What You Get (most text editing programs)

WYSIMOLWYG - What You See Is More Or Less What You Get (another way of stating WYSIAWYG)


a description of an user interface that allows the user to view the end result while the document or graphic character is being created

allows the user to concentrate entirely in how the content should appear, although having the trade-off of not have the results being easily fine-tuned

also used to describe specifically a web-page creation program in which the user creates the webpage visually, while the program writes the HTML (hypertext markup language) for it

most programs, even Microsoft Office, are not WYSIWYG since printing and page formatting are still hidden from view

users expect WYSIWYG

historical notes:

was originally a cataphrase on an old TV program called Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, (1968-1973)

first applied to computers in the 1980's

EMACS was one of the first WYSIWYG editors, replacing the program TeX? which uses mark-up commands for formating




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