Data on "back to top" links

3 Mar 2008 - 11:58am
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russwilson
2005

Does anyone have any data on the effectiveness of "back to top" links?
Are they any better than just scrolling back up?

Best regards,
Russ

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3 Mar 2008 - 5:36pm
Anonymous

Here’s a link to Nielson’s research where he argues that linksshould be used to navigate to a different page and within-page links causesconfusion and should be avoided.
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/within_page_links..html

But, a research study by usability.gov found that users are frustrated
if they have to scroll down a long page and hence they suggest providing
appropriate links that will allow the user to access the needed information
directly instead of scrolling the page. Here’s the report
http://www.usability.gov/lessons/chemo.html

I think that having the ‘back to top’ link facilitates ease
of use if the page is really long. Does the ‘back to top’ link always take the user
to start of the page or does it take user to back to top of the section of the
page (if the user landed to this section by following a link). In the former case,
changing the phrase from ‘back to top’ to ‘start of the page’ or ‘top of page’
followed by an up arrow will be clearer. In the latter case, using descriptive section
headings will be clearer (for e.g. ‘back to Projects’).

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4 Mar 2008 - 5:32am
Bruce Esrig
2006

Here are some thoughts from content architecture.

A link should indicate its purpose. What do I get if I follow it?
"Table of contents"

Another good technique is to offer Related links at the bottom of a topic.
If one of them goes to the same page, that could be indicated.
Related links
Cultivating other types of flowers ...
Other considerations when cultivating snapdragons
(this page) ...

Best wishes,

Bruce Esrig

2008/3/3 V V <vv100187 at yahoo.com>:

> Here's a link to Nielson's research where he argues that linksshould be
> used to navigate to a different page and within-page links causesconfusion
> and should be avoided.
> http://www.useit.com/alertbox/within_page_links..html
>
>
> But, a research study by usability.gov found that users are frustrated
> if they have to scroll down a long page and hence they suggest providing
> appropriate links that will allow the user to access the needed
> information
> directly instead of scrolling the page. Here's the report
> http://www.usability.gov/lessons/chemo.html
>
>
> I think that having the 'back to top' link facilitates ease
> of use if the page is really long. Does the 'back to top' link always take
> the user
> to start of the page or does it take user to back to top of the section of
> the
> page (if the user landed to this section by following a link). In the
> former case,
> changing the phrase from 'back to top' to 'start of the page' or 'top of
> page'
> followed by an up arrow will be clearer. In the latter case, using
> descriptive section
> headings will be clearer (for e.g. 'back to Projects').
>
> -Suba
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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