Re: Button research discussion

Hi Lee,

A bit of context will help here. :-) The discussion is a follow up from an EOWG teleconference. The general issue of back button and returning to previous page is not relevant in this case. Instead, we're talking about steps in a multi-page application.

This discussion is specifically about placement of the Previous and Next buttons in <> (There are some concerns with right-aligning the Next button [1] and some support for it based on common practice.)


[1] e.g.,

On 8/28/2014 8:21 AM, Lee Robinson wrote:
> Dear Group, there seems to be discussion of 'next' and 'previous'
> buttons in this thread. An piece of advice, which seems to go way
> back is "Don't break the back button" [on the Browser]. There seem to
> be, in existence, sites which adhere to this, and it is found that
> they are superior in terms of accessibility . Made terse, an
> 'previous' button may be superfluous, or if used, might simply invoke
> a JavaScript handler to return to the previous page? Lee.
>> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:07:18 -0500 From: To:
>> CC: Subject: Re: Button
>> research discussion
>> On 8/26/2014 5:00 PM, Anna Belle Leiserson wrote:
>>> Following up on Sharron's email to a different EO list (linked
>>> here:
>> I've been wading through the same set of articles. It's all so
>> murky..
>>> (BTW, this is in re. where to put next/previous buttons on the
>>> WCAG EM Report Tool
>>> I agree with Sharron's logic. And then using my gut and thinking
>>> about a few big, popular commercial sites, I take it one step
>>> further.... I wonder if the clearest thing might be having *only*
>>> a Next button -- and align it on the left? (In other words, axe
>>> the Previous button.)
>>> If it's important to have easy access to previous step(s) on
>>> longer pages, right beneath the solo Next button the top progress
>>> bar could be replicated.
>> .oO good idea. What about having only the progress bar (not a Next
>> button)? It might not be very pretty, but it seems *very much to
>> support usability*. :-) Maybe even tweak the design down there to
>> make the next step look even more clickable?
>> ~Shawn

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