roodle - 7:11 pm on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
This is interesting to read about. I did some pagination on a particularly long article a few years back, but I did things a little differently. Each page has a root common h1 title (the actual original title of the whole article) with the addition of e.g. " - part 1" at the end. Then there are 1 or more unique h2 headings on each page, since each page is not dedicated to only a single subsection of the article. There's a page menu just above the h1 with abbreviated, keywordy links, title attributes (again unique but each starting with a common root not matching the h1) and no link to the current page. This is repeated at the end of the main page content, mainly for user convenience. All title and description tags are unique and do not quote the h1 heading text. There are no rel="next" or rel="prev" tags. Also the page filenames are unique-key-word-type names, loosely related to the title tag content, with no numbering.
These pages have worked well but I'll certainly review them in light of this post though. Thanks.