Term:WYSIWYG [What You See Is What You Get]« Back to Glossary Index
WYSIWYG is a acronym for What You See Is What You Get.
The term mostly derives from and is associated with the transition from character-mode computer programs to graphic interfaces.
In character-mode document editors, for example, the encoding for the first line of this definition might be:
<strong>WYSIWYG</strong> is a acronym for <strong>W</strong>hat <strong>Y</strong>ou <strong>S</strong>ee <strong>I</strong>s <strong>W</strong>hat <strong>Y</strong>ou <strong>G</strong>et.
What you see (the raw HTML encoding) is most definitely not “what you get” when that code is actually displayed.
A “WYSIWYG editor” allows the author to edit the code in a form that matches the eventual result – what the author sees is what he eventually gets in his document.
In computing, WYSIWYG (// WIZ-ee-wig or //), an acronym for What You See Is What You Get, is a system in which editing software allows content to be edited in a form that resembles its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, such as a printed document, web page, or slide presentation.