November 5th, 2006

bluebeard

WYSIWYG considered harmful?

I was talking to my Mom today about various Microsoft products, and had an interesting thought:

Do WYSIWYG interfaces cause more problems than they solve?

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So I'm thinking the best match for a WYSIWYG editor, which doesn't require much thought, is a document that doesn't require much thought either. The longer-lived and more complex a document you're trying to produce, the more likely that you'll be happier in the long run using a tool that encourages you to build something with a clean structure that's been thought out.

Whaddaya think?