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September 14, 2006



It's a good idea.
I think I've seen it in Windows Media Player and in the Google Toolbar.
It worked well for highlighting specific things (the data sent back to both Microsoft and Google), but I'm not sure of what would go in there when there is nothing specific (I guess things like "you can only use the product if you are licensed to do so").

Philip Hofstetter


the worst EULA experience ever I had in the media center part of windows vista when you start the TV setup wizard.

There's a EULA/Privacy statement there which is meant to be read on the TV.

The problem is that the text itself is presented in a small box of about 5 lines hight and 20 characters width. Beside the box is that information line:

Page 1 of 65: Next | Previous

So they want me to read through 65 pages of 20*5 characters to set up my TV? Yeah! Sure.



Software vendors do not want EULAs to be understood. They want the use to click through them, so they can do whatever they wish and say "you should have read the EULA".

Also, until such time that a court of law in my country says otherwise, I do not consider EULAs legally binding.

Máirín Duffy

Michael Terry & his fellow researchers at the University of Waterloo HCI found in some fairly rigorous HCI studies that providing summaries of EULAs means that your users will spend *less* time reading the actual document. See

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebqm-sTPXo around 35:00

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