I'll go on record. I don't like our fly-out menus and I don't like the audience links.
My beef with fly-out menus:
- they are difficult to navigate especially for people like my mom who has a hand tremor
- users rarely land on the first level page so we miss the chance to introduce a topic
- they're only needed when space is tight - not our problem if we were to get rid of the...
- Curriculum Integration is not an audience
- they just lead back to other parts of the site so users may be better off heading straight there
- analytics tells us they're rarely used
However, big changes would be biting off more than we can chew. Better to focus on incremental improvements to what we've got. Here's what I propose:
- Remove the green triangle though it's better now that Brendan removed the white background that appeared on mouse over
- Make the links easier to select by making them bigger
- Make sure they work for users who use a keyboard or pointer to navigate
- Make sure submenu links mirror the area's internal navigation
- Remove the teeny pictures from the audience links; they don't enhance understanding
- Set off Curriculum Integration above or below the audience links
Here's a simple, pure CSS fly-out menu. Tell me what you think. Just for fun, here's a study of different mouse-over behaviors.