Definitions for wysiwygˈwɪz iˌwɪg
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relating to or being a word processing system that prints the text exactly as it appears on the computer screen
Software that allows editing on screen what the printed version would be like; software with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get display interface.
Origin: Coined by John Seybold and popularized at Xerox PARC during the late 1970s.
In computing, a WYSIWYG editor is a system in which content displayed onscreen during editing appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, which might be a printed document, web page, or slide presentation. WYSIWYG is an acronym for "What You See Is What You Get".
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[Traced to Flip Wilson's “Geraldine” character c.1970] Describes a user interface under which “What You See Is What You Get”, as opposed to one that uses more-or-less obscure commands that do not result in immediate visual feedback. True WYSIWYG in environments supporting multiple fonts or graphics is a rarely-attained ideal; there are variants of this term to express real-world manifestations including WYSIAWYG (What You See Is Almost What You Get) and WYSIMOLWYG (What You See Is More or Less What You Get). All these can be mildly derogatory, as they are often used to refer to dumbed-down user-friendly interfaces targeted at non-programmers; a hacker has no fear of obscure commands (compare WYSIAYG). On the other hand, EMACS was one of the very first WYSIWYG editors, replacing (actually, at first overlaying) the extremely obscure, command-based TECO. See also WIMP environment. [Oddly enough, WYSIWYG made it into the 1986 supplement to the OED, in lower case yet. —ESR]
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