Macintosh Memories

Macintosh Memories

It was 1984 and we were building a Mac software app. But no WYSIWYG editor.

So I called Susan Kare, the lady that designed the original Mac UI. She said one existed but Steve decided it was too unstable to ship it with the Mac.

I located the developer, Randy Wigginton in a small Mall in Cupertino, just behind a Pizza Place. I flew out and met him. He produced the code and I asked point blank "can I have this". He said yes.

I took it back to NYC and spent a hot summer studying it. It was clever. Then we incorporated it into our product and shipped in Jan 1985. The product was ReadySetGo. The first Mac app with a WYSIWYG editor. Perhaps the first app anywhere with a WYSIWYG editor.

Now the term WYSIWYG is no longer used. And that's good because every editor is WYSIWYG. It became the worldwide standard.

Content written and posted by Ken Abbott abbottsystems@gmail.com