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Tue Aug 4 10:41:46 EDT 2009
2009/8/4 Chris Shoemaker <c.shoemaker at cox.net>:
> On Mon, Aug 03, 2009 at 11:43:32PM -0400, Forest Bond wrote:
>> Hi Phil,
>> On Mon, Aug 03, 2009 at 12:02:07PM -0400, Phil Longstaff wrote:
>> > The budget report is my current itch, so I've been upgrading it.
>> I'd like to see the budget reporting improved as much as anyone else, and I'm
>> glad that you are looking at it. However, the semantics of budget data have not
>> been clearly established, as I highlighted in a comment on bug #570895:
>> My current understanding of budget numbers is that if A and B are expense
>> accounts and B is a child account of A and both A and B have numbers entered
>> for a given period in the budget, the total expenses for that period is
>> A[period] + B[period]. In other words, A[period] doesn't *override*
>> B[period]. This is how things are handled in BIS, anyway. I don't think the
>> correct behavior is documented anywhere. This may be part of a larger design
>> discussion, so feel free to move it to the ML if you think it is appropriate.
>> I'd really like to see some agreement on this before the budget reports get much
> What you describe is correct. It's important to remember that:
> a. A and B may use different currencies.
> b. Budget values for an account are always in the same currency as the account.
> c. There *may* be no reasonable way to convert from one currency to the other.
Where parent and children accounts are in the same currency a useful
feature (for me at least) would be to show the budgeted, actual and
diff values for the sum of parent + children as well as the individual
parent and children account values.
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