Do you know what a font EULA (End User License Agreement) is?

paul d hunt's picture
9% (10 votes)
Yes, but never read it.
21% (23 votes)
Yes, and occasionally read it.
46% (52 votes)
Yes, and always read it.
17% (19 votes)
Yes, but generally ignore it.
7% (8 votes)
Total votes: 112


hankzane's picture

_x_Yes, but I print it out and furiously rip it to pieces.

This vote taken into account should be able to fix any measurable bias.

dezcom's picture

The poll was on the homepage so it could have attracted anyone. If it were buried back in "Realease" you might have had fewer non-member voters.


Norbert Florendo's picture

Just curious, Paul. Did voters have to be logged in or could any visitor vote?

Considering that the poll was on the Typophile site, where discussion on EULA are common, I hazard a guess that the results would have been very different if the poll was posted on a typical "Desktop Publishing" forum.

But the number of votes (112) didn't disappoint me, since another poll I did yielded only 4 votes on

paul d hunt's picture

the polling is now closed. It looks like we got a pretty traditional bell curve on this one, how un-scientific it may have been. Interesting that 9% of those who voted didn't know what a EULA is. hmmm...

Norbert Florendo's picture

Just for the sake of sharing interesting stats, here is the current results on an ongoing poll at About Desktop Publishing:

Is learning / knowing typeface classifications important?

Yes, definitely. All designers should know this stuff.
(99 replies) 63%

A few basics won't hurt, but in-depth knowledge isn't necessary  (43 replies) 27%

As long as I like the font, I don't care how it's classified  
(13 replies) 8%

Total Votes: 155

From these results it seems that most of the general design audience feel that knowing something about type classification is definitely important. What that ultimately means, I don't know yet. You really need a series of question to be answered before you can make any of the data useful.

Norbert Florendo's picture

That's what I'm getting ready to do with the twenty assorted questions I've put together.

I don't want to poll the same forums or talkboards with too many questions at once, but only a few at a time on various sites.

minardi's picture

It would be really interesting see the results of this poll in a less "type educated" venue.

Norbert Florendo's picture

Thanks Paul.
Judging by the responses so far, I don't think it would change anyone's reply, but it definitely is clearly stated now.

paul d hunt's picture

since this is not very scientific anyway, i went ahead and changed the wording in the middle of voting.

dezcom's picture

Seahawk word-smithing at its best Si :-)

Steeler word-smithing would have been much too hard-hitting:

Steeler Nation

Norbert Florendo's picture

> “yes, but generally ignore it”

That's it! Thanks, Simon, that's wording I'll use, if you don't mind.

Si_Daniels's picture

or "yes, but generally ignore it"

Norbert Florendo's picture

A question like this was meant to be positioned within a series of "quick" questions which seem rather radom. I would place this about third in a four question survey. You basically don't want to create a pause to ponder in the responder, therefore getting a more candid reply. Perhaps the last choice of this question should be refined slightly.

Do you know what a font EULA (End User License Agreement) is?
__ no
__ yes, but never read it
__ yes, and ocassionally read it
__ yes, and always read it
__ yes, but don't comply with it. (or maybe "yes, but don't adhere to it.")
hrant's picture

You could care to not read it.

BTW, one thing this can't account for is those who REALLY don't care,
to the point of not even participating. But these people use fonts too.


Si_Daniels's picture

what's the difference between "don't care" and "never read"? That you care but don't have the time to read it?

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