Credit notes

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Fri Aug 31 09:20:37 EDT 2012

John Ralls <jralls at> writes:

> If you look in an English thesaurus, you'll find that "invoice" and
> "bill" are synonyms. Using one for Customer transactions and the other
> for Vendor transactions isn't even necessary since they're in
> different menus.

At first they were not in different menus.  That got changed later.
Moreover, it does matter, internally, whether it's a Customer, Vendor,
or Employee owner, and that needs to be configured when the dialog gets
created.  If everything had the same name then when you have a window
pop up that says "Invoice", it doesn't let you know which flavor.
Unfortunately the flavor is important.

>      Using "Purchase Document" and "Sales Document"
> doesn't really help either, because the document you get from a Vendor
> is always a "purchase document", regardless of the direction of the
> cash flow. How about just "Statement" to replace both Invoice and
> Bill?

See above for why differentiation matters.  Also in some languages there
*is* a different word for an invoice you send out vs. a bill that you

> Regards,
> John Ralls


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