Do you use "< Back" instead of "< Previous" or other variations?
  v4.0 Posted at 12/12/2012 2:54 PM by SSW2000\anitpatel
According to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms997609.aspx, the commands for navigating through a wizard should be "< Back" and "Next >".

When your site needs a link to iterate backwards through records we recommend that you use "< Back" instead of "< Previous".

There are a few reasons for this:

  1. This is the standard used in Microsoft Installation files. MSIs are the most widely used installation package available today.
  2. Internet Explorer and several other lesser known browsers use a Back button to iterate back through webpages, so your visitors will automatically know what your "< Back" link does.
  3. It is important to keep a consistency on your pages.

Below is an example of a Good "< Back" link versus some Bad variations.

Figure: A Good example of a "< Back" link
Figure: This is Bad because it says "Previous" instead of "Back"
Figure: This is bad because it has too many "<"s or it has no space between the "<" and the "Back"

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