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WYSIWYG

[wiz-ee-wig] /ˈwɪz iˌwɪg/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or noting a screen display that shows text exactly as it will appear in printed output, including underlining, various typefaces, as italics, line spacing, end-of-line breaks, and paragraph indentations.
noun
2.
a WYSIWYG display:
This program won't give you true WYSIWYG, but it does show boldface text and underlining.
Origin
w(hat) y(ou) s(ee) i(s) w(hat) y(ou) g(et)
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British Dictionary definitions for WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG

/ˈwɪzɪˌwɪɡ/
noun acronym, adjective acronym, acronym (computing)
1.
what you see is what you get: referring to what is displayed on the screen being the same as what will be printed out
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Word Origin and History for WYSIWYG

wysiwyg

1982, computer programmer's acronym from what you see is what you get.

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WYSIWYG in Science
WYSIWYG
  (wĭz'ē-wĭg')   
Short for what you see is what you get. A word-processing or desktop publishing system in which text is displayed on a monitor exactly as it will be printed.
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WYSIWYG in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG

what you see is what you get
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