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[wiz-ee-wig] /ˈwɪz iˌwɪg/ Computers.
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.
a WYSIWYG display:
This program won't give you true WYSIWYG, but it does show boldface text and underlining.
Origin of WYSIWYG
w(hat) y(ou) s(ee) i(s) w(hat) y(ou) g(et) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for WYSIWYG


noun acronym, adjective acronym, acronym (computing)
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


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

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WYSIWYG in Science
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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