I am developing a survey that will use multiple languages. What words shall I use for the bottom of a Google survey form for "Back" and "Next"?

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    Arrows are multi-language... – tofro May 14 '19 at 19:21
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    @tofro no, they are language-independed – Volker Landgraf May 16 '19 at 9:06

Generally "zurück" and "weiter" are used.


While 'Zurück' and 'Weiter' are perfectly fine, consider 'Vorige Frage' and 'Nächste Frage' (previous/next question) given the context of a survey. Especially when addressing the general public, computer literacy will vary greatly among a good sample population so being precise can be helpful in meeting expectations.

Example: Consider questions spanning multiple screens: 'back/next' can be construed as referring to the previous/next question or the previous/next page of the current question.

While this may appear far-fetched, pampering your subjects is somewhat best practice (an important rationale is preventing early aborts).

  • I would consider a question spanning multiple pages to be bad practice. You often don't know how much will fit on a user's screen. It's much better to scroll – PiedPiper May 18 '19 at 11:59

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