dskrvk (dskrvk) wrote in suggestions,

Unnecessary previous/next entry links

Unnecessary previous/next entry links

Short, concise description of the idea
Make links to the previous/next entry inactive if there is no such entry

Full description of the idea
When viewing someone's journal entry, user clicks on previous/next entry links. However, if the entry is the first/last one in the journal, the links lead to a page with a phrase stating this fact. It would be more user-friendly to make the links inactive in this case.

An ordered list of benefits
  • User-friendliness: users won't have to wait till the page loads only to see that the requested entry doesn't exist.
  • Less page requests from the server: users won't request this (IMHO, totally unnecessary) "no-such-entry" page any more. This will somewhat decrease server workload.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • (Maybe) A slight increase in entry page load times, since the existence of a next/prev entry has to be checked beforehand. Sometimes this check is unnecessary since the user doesn't actually click on the next/prev links. The performance drawback depends on the actual way the entry page is implemented.
  • Some users might get confused if they won't be able to click on the links. Maybe it would be wise to display some kind of hint telling them that there's no entry behind the links. No extra performance cost for that.
Tags: previous/next, usability, user interface, § no status
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