Bug 687290

David T. sunfish62 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 6 00:03:42 EST 2012

Thanks for the input. My comment on the bug reinforces your ideas presented here. Although I would put the chapter on Transactions first, simply because understanding that is fundamental to all the rest. Budgets and Multiple Currencies would go after, since they are optional for many users.

Restructuring as you suggest would, I believe, require a more substantial framework. I would want that framework to be more clearly delineated in the overall document structure, so that readers would see that the chapters are definitely using the equation as their overarching structure. I'm not sure how that would most effectively be achieved. Would we create new top-level chapters, and embed the existing chapters in these new chapters? That might be the best. 

Perhaps we would end up with a chapter structure like this:

1. Overview
2. The Basics
2.1 Accounts
2.2 Transactions
3. Asset Accounts
3.1 Checking Accounts
3.2 Investments
3.3 Other Assets
4. Liability Accounts
4.1 Credit Cards
4.2 Loans
4.3 Other Liabilities [to parallel 3.3]
5. Equity Accounts
6. Income Accounts
6.1 [mumble]
6.2 Capital Gains
6.3 Other Income Accounts
7. Expense Accounts
8. Multiple Currencies
9. Budgets
10. Business Features
10.1 A/R
10.2 A/P
10.3 Payroll
11. Extending Gnucash
11.1 Custom Reports
11.2 Python Extensions

 From: David Carlson <carlson.dl at sbcglobal.net>
To: gnucash-devel at gnucash.org 
Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2012 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: Bug 687290
On 10/31/2012 4:40 PM, David T. wrote:
> I have just put an initial draft chapter for the Tutorial on Bugzilla in the referenced bug, to cover expense accounts. 
> I welcome suggestions for correction!
> David
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I have added a couple of comments to bug 697290. 

These are my thoughts.   I think that expenses do deserve an entire
chapter.  However, I would structure existing chapters five through
nine, sixteen and expenses to fit into the framework suggested  by
chapter two's reference to the five basic account types.  This would
mean that chapters on asset account topics (Checkbook, Investments and
Other Assets) be grouped together, liability account topics (Credit
Cards and Loans) together, Income (Capital Gains) as a unit and Expenses
as a unit.  Transactions, Budgets and Multiple Currencies apply to all
account types, and should be after the account type sections.

Business topics should be separate as they are now.

David C

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