So I'm plugging away at my database design and get to a point where I need to work on the UX (or UI for you old[er] peeps). I have a guide from Microsoft that I refer to very often called the UX Guide.
I have all of my forms setup to use the "Segoe UI" font because in the UX Guide it states (emphasis added by me):
Segoe UI is optimized for ClearType, which is on by default in Windows. With ClearType enabled, Segoe UI is an elegant, readable font. Without ClearType enabled, Segoe UI is only marginally acceptable. This factor determines when you should use Segoe UI.
Since Microsoft has already spent millions of dollars on user research and what works best, why should I doubt it?
So anyway, I'm going along and need to reference something else in the UX Guide, and as I'm looking, I stop in the same section the quote above is from and see this:
To license Segoe UI and other Microsoft fonts for distribution with a Windows-based program, contact Ascender.
So....is this font, even though it is included in the menu to select a font, off limits without a license?
I mean...If I have the font installed on my development machine, and I indicate to use that font, but I don't include the font for distribution on my CD (or whatever) and an end user installs my application and already has that font on their system....is that a violation? I didn't distribute the font, just use it if the end user already has it installed.
Has anyone who distributes software publicly ever heard of anything like this?
I'm assuming if the user doesn't have Segoe UI installed, the OS will default to whatever the system font is but I don't know for sure.
Maybe I should contact this Ascender place and ask.