I have a Single Page App that runs in full screen without back/home/forward buttons and no URL bar. All navigation is done in a left column that updates a content area on the right. On one part of the page, I have a search field where the user can search for data. The results may contain an evil pager showing 10 rows at a time.
I have a request from my users to implement "back/forward" functionality between the searches. They suggested a back, home and forward button to be able to navigate between searches and a home button to perform a search with the default parameters.
I suggested renaming to previous/reset/next but the rest of the team did not like it. I also suggested a history list with links instead but this was also voted down by the dev and requirements team. I do not wish to add a concept of back/forward to my web page since it conflicts with the traditional back/forward pattern which is hidden at the moment but might come back one day. I also think the list gives the user more control. They still want their buttons though.
What solution for navigating between search results would you suggest?