WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get and it’s a term often used for content and website editors that display the result of the changes while you’re still making them, so you can instantly see the result of your actions. The web WYSIWYG editor enables you to work with the visual elements of the page without necessarily writing any code. However, there might be a slight difference between the visualization and the final result, especially if you’re working on a project that’s going to be a printed product. Various types of the WYSIWYG editor are used in desktop publishing as well. WYSIWYG for desktop includes programs we use every day like Word or Adobe Acrobat.


HTML WYSIWYG editors are often used for online publishing, for the designing of websites (also called WYSIWYG website builders) and content editing. They are most popular among newbies and non-professional developers or writers, who simply want to get their content out without the need to acquire new skills. HTML WYSIWYG editors are perfect for this because they are easier to use and don’t require the writing of code. The expression WYSIWYG is most widely used for web editors. The HTML WYSIWYG editors are also frequently in the heart of the debate on how websites and web content should be created. Critics of the web WYSIWYG editor point out that many of the available editors based on that technology create bad or redundant code because the needed markup is generated automatically.

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