Screens, Research and Hypertext

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WYSIWYG (defined)

WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get.

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Modular Content

By default, WordPress dumps pretty much everything but your title into that big body field—though most think tanks are getting better about that. It’s basically a document for the web. You can even get a plugin to make your WordPress WYSIWYG editor look like an old version of Microsoft Word. (Don't do that.)

Screens, Research and Hypertext

These days—thanks in large part to the WYSIWYG editor—even the HTML has been abstracted away. There's very little resembling hypertext. It's text formatting all the way down.

The Web Is Not for Printing

The WYSIWYG was literally invented to sell printers.

Linear Writing

We still write content as if it will go into pages and chapters. We build some internal navigation to guide people to different chapters. We build sophisticated web publishing tools—then saddle them with WYSIWYG editors lifted from word processing programs that are meant to spit out pieces of paper. We drop nice, linear copy into boxes labeled “body,” then demand live previews or inline editing so that we can see how our page is typeset.