on Sep 3, 2009
Screw that “one hand clapping” business, here is the question I want answered:
When you get to the bottom of the page on a blog and they have links to go to earlier entries in the archives, the link usually has an arrow pointing either to the right or left. Which is correct? And should this link be called “prev” or “next”?
Blog entries are posted in reverse-chronological order. This seems to confuse people. Do we reverse EVERYTHING, then? If we think of each group of posts in the archive as pages in a book, then which way is it read? Are new pages added to the beginning of the book, or the end?
Destructoid has a link at the bottom which points left and says “Next”. It links to earlier entries.
The same link on my site points to the right and says “Prev”.
I’ve seen blogs that use other combinations, such as a rightward “next” or a leftward “prev”.
Without worrying about the “correct” or “standard” way of doing things or what the “default” behavior is, just picture it in your mind. Which makes the most sense to you and feels intuitive?
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.