Recently I’ve been looking at my experiences with the vertical navigation when comparing a 1.16 installation with the development version. I’ve noticed that I’m always lost in the development version. Partially this can be explained with not using it enough to get familiar, but there are other things:
In 1.16 there is no mouse over delay. This makes it much faster to correct a selection or look for what you need. In vertical navigation there is a delay and that really slows down.
The reading order is very weird when you have section headers
x ----> ... ... ... Puppet ... <item>
While you often look diagonally as well skipping the headers.
Compare this to
x ... ... ... Puppet ... <item>
I think this causes less mental effort to process. That makes me think we should not use section headers in sub menus and more top level items or tertiary menus instead of a header.