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WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. It refers to software in which you the content you create during editing looks like the final product. This normally refers to Web software such as Macromedia Dreamweaver, but could also refer to office applications such as Microsoft Word.

Advantages of WYSIWYG Editing

The main advantage of WYSIWYG editing is that the user does not need to know about HTML or CSS code. He or she can design and style content in an interface familiar to anybody who has used simple desktop publishing software.

Disadvantages of WYSIWYG Editing

However, these WYSIWYG editors typically produce complex code that is hard for people to edit manually later. Web development purists generally dislike these programs for that reason.

See Also

WYSIWYG Software