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Where does that say?
This markup provides a strong hint to Google that you would like us to treat these pages as a logical sequence, thus consolidating their linking properties and usually sending searchers to the first page.
Well, ###. Sorry for the digression-- but speaking strictly as a human user, if I search for some particular text, I want to be sent to the page that actually contains the text, not to page one of a twelve-page article that will eventually lead me to the text.
sent to the page that actually contains the text,
In the age of dumb search engines, the text you type in to the search will be the text on the page. Advancements in search engines require that we get away from this
it does change the point.
I do tons of linguistic searches (medieval and early-modern usages) and in my case the intent of my question is to see the word in context, which means that a good search engine would take me to the location of that text for those queries.
The search engine should take you to the specific page that answers your question
if I search for some particular text, I want to be sent to the page that actually contains the text
So back to the original point - if you are talking about an article series, I would not ever expect Google or Bing to take me to page one for a query that relates to content on the third article in the series, regardless of prev/next markup.