Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
WYSIWYG in white lettering on a tablet screen.

Pronounced as wiz-zee-wig. WYSIWYG is short for what you see is what you get. The term was coined by Charles Simonyi in 1974. It describes an application that displays a file or document exactly as it would appear when printed or viewed. A good example is a WYSIWYG HTML editor, which lets you edit a web page with little or no HTML knowledge.


This term is WYSIWYG, not WYS1WYG, a common misspelling of WYSIWYG; the I (i) is not a 1 (one).


This first WYSIWYG text formatting program is considered to be Bravo.

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