TitleITCHP (Information Technology Corporate Histories Project) report by industry sector : desktop publishing
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
DescriptionThe desktop publishing sector includes companies whose personal computer hardware and software products are used to create and print documents which may be comprised of typography, graphics and/or images. The first element necessary for desktop publishing was the graphical user interface (GUI) introduced with Apple’s Macintosh in 1984. The GUI made it possible to design pictures and document-layout on screen in a visual or WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) way. Complete desktop publishing capability came together in 1985 with the introduction of page-layout software as well as laser printers with PostScript page description language that enabled scalable fonts. Software for creating graphics and illustrations as well as image-editing software are also important elements of the desktop publishing revolution.