Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or being a word-processing or desktop publishing system in which the screen displays text exactly as it will be printed.
  • n. A WYSIWYG system, effect, or screen display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • what you see is what you get.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or being a word processing system that prints the text exactly as it appears on the computer screen

Etymologies

w(hat) y(ou) s(ee) i(s) w(hat) y(ou) g(et).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by John Seybold and popularized at Xerox PARC during the late 1970s. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, yes, WYSIWYG, that is exactly what it means, and if we allow ourselves just a second's further reflection, we realize what a terrible and devastating admission it is.

    Was the Air Force One Flyover a Warning to Obama?

  • For this reason, they're frequently called WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get" editors.

    Wysi-what?

  • Steve and Chiara Rosenblum have assembled abstract pieces by young artists for a show titled "WYSIWYG" at their "Rosenblum Collection & Friends," presenting Jacob Kassay, Sterling Ruby and a premiere of commissioned sculptures by Aaron Young.

    NYT > Home Page

  • One popular way to build your own site is by using a so-called WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website editor.

    columbiatribune.com stories

  • Paul is a laid-back Californian guy, the proprietor of a fashionable restaurant called WYSIWYG, a title which may or may or not be ironic.

    The Guardian World News

  • Hiring a WYSIWYG is an easy choice, but I don't think being a WYSIWYG is the best option.

    Planet TW

  • Nowdays there is something called a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get).

    xml's Blinklist.com

  • Many Website editors allow you to edit the Website as you see it, these are known as WYSIWYG editors.

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

  • This is an HTML editor, not a WYSIWYG - in other words, you see and edit the HTML code, not what the page looks like in the browser.

    Epinions Recent Content for Home

  • University of Manchester 1983, designed and copublished a utility program called WYSIWYG in 1986 and, as Technical Manager at Intex Systems (UK), was responsible for the Intext Multilingual Wordprocessor.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 3

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