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a) What You See Is What You Get

German translation:

WYSIWYG (pronounced wiz-ee-wig) = Abkürzung für "What You See Is What You Get", eine Redewendung aus der IT-Branche für die originalgetreue Darstellung der Druckausgabe am Bildschirm



WYSIWYG: approximately 22,500,000 hits



Sample text:

I simply clicked on Edit Page on the toolbar and the browser became a WYSIWYG editing window, complete with a simple formatting toolbar and buttons for inserting links, images and tables

(PC Magazine)

There is also a beta version of a WYSIWYG writing tool for writing blog posts.

(BBC News)

Did you know?

WYSIWYG (pronounced wiz-ee-wig)

- an application that enables you to see on the display screen exactly what will appear when the document is printed.


- one of two types of programs called web editors, which help you build web pages. With WYSIWYG you can place images and type text straight onto the page rather than having to insert HTML code.

(Webwise, the BBC guide to the Internet)


Before the invention of WYSIWYG, all text and control characters on a computer screen appeared in the same typeface and style with little indication of layout such as margins and spacing. Users were required to enter additional computer code to indicate that some text should be in boldface, italics, or a different typeface or size.

In the early 1970s, researchers at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC) located in what is now known as Silicon Valley, developed a document and text editor called Bravo. The program, which was created on the Alto, one of the first personal computers, used a graphical user interface (GUI) to display text on the screen (almost) exactly as it would be printed. The researchers began to refer to this feature as "what you see is what you get." This was borrowed from a catch phrase made popular by American comedian Flip Wilson’s female alter ego "Geraldine", a role in which Wilson played a modern and emancipated African-American woman.

say something like:

"Can you help me with my printer? I have a WYSIWYG problem."

Thanks to Claudia for suggesting today’s word!

PS No word tomorrow as we have a national holiday here in Germany. Next OWAD will be on Thursday 4th. October.

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