What's the user's most likely expectation?
1) Results from even a Google search have a last page. (more likely based upon assumption than actual experience ;>)
2) If the button is labeled "Next" and lets me click it, there are (still) more search results to peruse.
Isn't it best to meet the user's expectation in the absence of a compelling reason to the contrary? Seems to me more rude to leave the Next button enabled than disabled. However, if your results page knows it is the last, wouldn't it be more humane to communicate that explicitly to the user in the position where the Next button would otherwise appear?
In doing so, I would not
1) offer condolences - the user may have found some great results and was just greedily looking for even more of the same
2) congratulate the user on perseverance - some people read the last page of a novel first too...
Just my devalued-by-inflation penny-and-a-half worth,
Opinions expressed are necessarily mine, not necessarily those of the Mayo Foundation.
hey all -
i need some help here! Scenario: ... when in a 'searchlist display page'
that runs into more than one page, and at the last page :- would you disable
the "Next" button? i have a reason to say why not "... that coz I can use
this instance to give the user information why there is no content to
display" ; i was wondering if it would be rude to the user to disabled a
button .... - i'm looking for a good reason to leave the button disabled ...
any takers? ? ?
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