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WYSIWYG (pronounced "whizzy-wig") is an acronym for "What You See Is What You Get", and is used in the computer world to refer to the technology that makes sure the image you see on the screen is what you will get if it is printed out on paper. Today this is expected for word processors but in other situations, like HTML, this is not the case.

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)


historical notes


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