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Old 05-03-2011, 09:02 AM
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Default Auction Software user question REA

Hey guys, I have an issue with the way the software REA uses functions and I would like all of your opinions since most of you are internet savy and navigate web pages often.

I have about 6 pages full of "watching" items in REA. When I am on say, page 4, I open an item, then hit the back button, the softaware takes me back to page 1.

No matter what watching page I view an item from, when I hit the back button, it takes me to page 1. I then have to reclick on to the page I was on to get back to where I drilled down from.

As a software developer, I feel the back button should always take you back to the exact spot you drilled down from. The owner of the software disagrees with me so I would like your opinions as end users.

Many Thanks for your time and input.

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:31 AM
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Default The dreaded back button

I am a developer too. The worst feature of a browser is the back button. We typically try to provide navigation for the user as an alternative to the back button (breadcrumbs, navigation bar, etc.).

I would agree that the back button should take you to the last page you were on, but depending on the architecture, they may be retaining state in a way that negates that. My guess is that they will simply say that it works as designed...
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:33 AM
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6 pages?!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:33 AM
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Default not sure

I am not sure of the "right" answer but I have seen s/w work both ways. Generally hitting the back button will take you right back to the last place you looked at but in many s/w packages it's not that way. For the REA s/w I do hit the back button and it takes me to the very last page I looked at. I do it from the bidding screen though. In other words, if I place a bid, then hit the back button it will take me back to the previous screen(s) after it has captured the bid.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:39 AM
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exactly Leon, and it should do it from the watching pages as well. Both should function the same way for consistancy. I have been developing 26 years and forcing the user into extra keystrokes or in this case, mouse clicks is a no no. But Erik is correct, I was told it was designed that way.

I appreciate all of the input so far from users and developers alike.

Yes 6 pages, I watch a lot of stuff that I know I can't buy, it helps my education.

very interesting
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:50 AM
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Dan:

I will make a suggestion.... If you want to view an item on Page 4, then hold the cursor over the link to the item, hit the right mouse button and then choose "Open in New Window" or "Open in New Tab". Doing this will allow you to see the item, but your Page 4 will still be there after you're done viewing the Item.

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:57 AM
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yes Brad that will work, thanks. But once again, extra needless effort for the end user.

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:09 AM
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yes Brad that will work, thanks. But once again, extra needless effort for the end user.
Yes, but fortunately it's only one extra mouse click to get you back to the point that you would have been if the "Back" button had worked the way you wished it had....
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:18 AM
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Seems like a few extra steps to me then just left clicking on the item Brad. But yes, that is a way around it.

Or the Watching pages could function like the bidding pages?

Dan
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for outing the REA auction, Dan.
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