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Re: SIGIA-L: Navigation Icons Labeling Problem
From: Antoinette Arsic (antoinette.arsic_at_eer.com)
Date: Fri Aug 25 2000 - 09:09:21 EDT
Does the top of the page say anything like "results 1-10" or "1-10 out of 14"?
That would let the user know the total of hits to be expected. My first answer to
a question on this list!
"Wilcox, Gwendolyn A.B." wrote:
> I am not an Information Architect, but it is my responsibility to implement
> a web-based product. I'm finding that the interface of this product has
> some usability issues, but unfortunately, I am not free to do much in the
> way of customizations.
> One of my 'usability issues' relates to page navigation. After one has
> conducted a search and a set of hits has been retrieved, four icons will
> appear at the bottom of the screen. One set allows the user to advance to
> the next page of hits and the other to go back to a previous page of hits.
> These icons are fairly visually self-explanatory and when you rest your
> mouse pointer on either, you will get the prompt "Next Page" and "Previous
> Page" respectively.
> The second set of icons is much less easily interpreted. Many whom I have
> asked think that the icons will take them either to the very first page of
> hits or to the very last page of hits. In fact, these icons do neither.
> What they will do is allow you to advance to the next batch of 10 pages or
> the previous batch of 10 pages. So, if you have 20 pages of hits, one can
> advance to the next 10 pages with the click of a button and then use the
> Next Page, Previous Page icons to move one-by-one through pages 11-20.
> My question is, what should the prompt for this second set of labels read?
> I currently have the prompts as "Next 10 Pages" and "Previous 10 Pages."
> However, if you only have 14 pages of hits, there will not be a 'next 10
> pages.' Instead, there will be a 'next 4 pages.' Does this matter? How
> confusing would this be to a user? Would a user think that perhaps not all
> of the pages had loaded properly?
> Thanks in advance for your assistance!
> Gwen Wilcox
> Automated Systems Analyst
> Hogan & Hartson | Washington, DC
> phone: 202/637-8705 | fax: 202/637-5910
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