Patch for guide file "ch_basics.xml"

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at
Sat Oct 30 10:58:00 EDT 2010

On Wednesday 13 October 2010, Geert Janssens wrote:
> On Tuesday 12 October 2010, Cristian Marchi wrote:
> > I attach the diff for the "ch_basics.xml" guide file. I've reviewed the
> > entire document and I've corrected some typo. The majority of works went
> > in updating the "Preferences" chapter.
> > I've also added, where applicable, the structure for menu, submenu and
> > menuitem (e.g.
> > <menuchoice><guimenu>File</guimenu><guisubmenu>Import...</guisubmenu><gui
> >me nuitem>Import QIF</guimenuitem></menuchoice>).
> >
> > My English is not perfect so it's (very) possible that I made some
> > mistake.
> >
> > If I don't get any comments, in the week-end I'll commit the changes.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Cristian
> While reading Cristian's work on the preferences dialog, I found some
>  issues with the dialog itself that don't have anything to do with the
>  guide. Before I go fix these issues, I'd like some feedback from others:
> * Summarybar content. This is currently an option in the Accounting Period
> tab. I find it very confusing in there. The two options that can be set
>  here have no relation to the accounting period whatsoever. So I propose to
>  move this option to another tab. The Miscellaneous options tab already has
>  some Summary bar related parameters (position). Perhaps it's better to
>  group them there ?
> * Business -> Open in new window and Accumulate splits
> These are valid for both invoices and bills and should be positioned as
>  such. The current ordering seems to suggest they are only used for
>  invoices and not bills. I propose to move them before "Invoice",
>  optionally with another section title, like "General" (which incidentally
>  exists already in the po file, so that this change wouldn't break string
>  freeze)
> * Business -> Number of rows and Register Defaults -> Number of rows
> These parameters don't seem to have any visual effect. Wouldn't it be
>  better to remove these options then ? We can still keep the gconf
>  parameters though as they are read by the code. Or we can also remove the
>  code regarding these options.
> * General -> Show splash screen
> IMO this is an option just to have an option. I can think of no mature
> application program that has a preference setting to enable or disable the
> splash screen. Either an application has a splash screen and it will be
> displayed, or it doesn't have one. I imagine there were some issues with
> splash screens in the past and hence it was made optional (I found some
> references in the code that there could be issues on OS X, but they have
>  been worked around programmatically). I vote to remove the option and
>  always show the splash screen. You can always click it away if it's in
>  your way.
> I realize Cristian that these changes would mean you'd have to redo some of
> your screenshots and move some more text around...
I have just committed r19733 with the proposed changes above (except that the 
Summary bar content is still in the Accounting Period section, just moved 
down). For the documentation, this means 4 panels will need new images and 
some options have been removed/reordered. See the commit message for more 


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