April 6th, 2007
It’s not unusual for a comic strip published regularly on the web to have a Next and Previous link to take you to other strips. Typically, when you’re on the most recent strip, the designers just remove the Next link, leaving the word “Next” without an underline or link. In watching users deal with these terminal navigation points, I’ve often seen them confused without realizing they were at the end of the path.
However, while reading the Doonesbury comic strip at GoComics.com, I noticed that their navigation changed from Next Day…
… to No Next Day.
While I applaud the designers for using something a little less subtle than just removing the link, the phrase No Next Day troubles me slightly. I wouldn’t mind something a little less, well, ominous. (It reminds me of the phrase I dislike hearing when traveling: my final destination. It always sound so “final.”)Tweet