= W =
WYSIAYG /wiz'ee-ayg/ adj.
Describes a user interface
under which "What You See Is All You Get"; an unhappy
variant of WYSIWYG. Visual, `point-and-shoot'-style
interfaces tend to have easy initial learning curves, but also to
lack depth; they often frustrate advanced users who would be better
served by a command-style interface. When this happens, the
frustrated user has a WYSIAYG problem. This term is most often
used of editors, word processors, and document formatting programs.
WYSIWYG `desktop publishing' programs, for example, are a clear
win for creating small documents with lots of fonts and graphics in
them, especially things like newsletters and presentation slides.
When typesetting book-length manuscripts, on the other hand, scale
changes the nature of the task; one quickly runs into WYSIAYG
limitations, and the increased power and flexibility of a
command-driven formatter like TeX or Unix's troff
becomes not just desirable but a necessity. Compare YAFIYGI.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.