Navigation Menu - pop-out when hidden instead of unhide on navigation
I would love to use the hide Nav Menu feature, it would improve crucial horizontal screen real estate, but I never do because every time I click on something in the menu it just un-hides it.
It would be markedly better if when toggled hidden the menu just stayed hidden and becomes a pop-out instead. This functionality isn't new, may sites do this. KACE's "View by:" also does something similar though has overlapping issues.
I brought this up at the last conference.
Yes, what I'm asking for is more of a click + hover function. Click to bring out a hover menu, and then return to hidden once you've clicked where to nav to or clicked off somewhere else on page.
Each Icon could have their own hover menu just for their section expanded to the right of the icon, similar to dropdown menus hover hierarchy.
OR one click to unhide the menu then hovering would change section context which clicking a section would normally do, and then menu would re-hide once you've clicked where to nav to or clicked off somewhere else on page.
Hover alone is ok too, i just think a click would make it intentional to bring out a menu.
If hover not possible, click without expanding would be a nice have too. I just feel it would not be as functional since you wouldn't be able to nav everywhere.