Best practices for navigating page-to-page in search results?

28 Mar 2005 - 4:51pm
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Beth Osnato
2004

Apologies for the cross-posting.

Does anyone have any research-based best practices for page-to-page
navigation widgets, specifically for navigating among search results pages?
There does not appear to be a de facto standard, to wit:

Google | Result Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next
Amazon | More results -->
Buy.com | Page [ 2 ] of 45
Prev | Next
NY Times | < previous | 21 - 40 of 2693 | next >
CalorieKing | Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Forward 10
>> End
CNN | <-- Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next -->
In answer to the inevitable "it depends," here are some specifics:
* The content being searched is information as opposed to tangible
products
* The pagination device will appear on category-specific search
results pages as opposed to site-wide search results
* The results page must meet the needs of users who are seeking
something specific as well as those who are just exploring
* We have not yet finalized the number of results that will display
per page; that remains be determined in collaboration among the IA, visual
design, and technology teams
* The results' sort order will be from most- to least-relevant. No
other sorts will be available, though in some cases there will be filters
available.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer.

Beth Osnato | Information Architect
WeightWatchers.com
bosnato at weightwatchers.com <mailto:bosnato at weightwatchers.com>

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