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WYSIWYP (what you see is what you print)

WYSIWYP (pronounced wizzy-whip and standing for what you see is what you print ) is the ability of an application program, such as a word processor, to generate print versions of content that match what the user sees on the screen. The WYSIWYP feature is intended to resolve a problem that has plagued users of word processors ever since computers replaced typewriters: printouts often differ from their on-screen counterparts.

A printout from a program with WYSIWYP should have the same layout, resolution and colors as the onscreen version. However, the success of WYSIWYP may depend, to some extent, on user hardware and associated software.

The term is a variation on WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).

This was last updated in November 2007

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