http://habrahabr.ru/, for example, uses Ctrl-RightArrow to go to previous page and Ctrl-LeftArrow to go to next page. It's a very convenient way to navigate and supposed to be an easy change.

Clarification, it's not about back and forward browser buttons, it's about going from for example

https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged?page=2&tab=newest + CtrlRightArrow = https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged?page=3&tab=newest

https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged?page=2&tab=newest + CtrlLeftArrow = https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged?page=1&tab=newest

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    Opera have that option built-in for most of the web sites.
    – YOU
    Commented Feb 11, 2010 at 10:48
  • Also why bother with Ctrl at all? I can't think of any reasons why using just the arrows would cause issues.
    – Esko
    Commented Feb 11, 2010 at 11:24
  • Isn't this browser-specific? IE has done this for a long time. Commented Feb 11, 2010 at 13:47
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    @Changeling, just to be sure: the question is not about moving backwards in the browser's history (and then forward again if applicable). Instead, it's about moving, for example, to the next page with answers, if pagination is active. (Well, that is what I understand...)
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 11, 2010 at 14:01
  • Ah ok.. did not make sense until your explanation Commented Feb 11, 2010 at 14:10

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If implemented, then rather than having a site define keyboard shortcuts, I'd use standard relationships in <link> or <a> instead. Then it's up to the browser to handle it. For example:

  <link rel="start" href="/questions/39053">
  <link rel="next" href="/questions/39053?tab=oldest&page=2#tab-top">

Or, just like the Stack Overflow sites already do:

<a href="/questions/7322?tab=oldest&amp;page=2#tab-top" title="go to page 2" 
  rel="next"><span class="page-numbers next"> next</span></a>

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