Martin Mainka internet at
Wed Dec 11 10:01:45 EST 2013

Am 11.12.2013 15:05, schrieb David Carlson:
> On 12/10/2013 10:27 PM, John Ralls wrote:
>> On Dec 10, 2013, at 6:48 PM, David Carlson <carlson.dl at> wrote:
>>> On 12/10/2013 12:40 PM, John Ralls wrote:
>>>> As we get down to the wire for releasing GnuCash 2.6, we still have 45 open documentation bugs. You can see the list at; each bug on that list is a clickable link to the details.
>>>> If you've been looking for a way to contribute to Gnucash (or even if you haven't ;-) ) but can't contribute code for whatever reason, working on the documentation would be an excellent way to help.
>>>> Following the Gnome practice we use DocBook. Gnome has a nice manual for writing documentation, including DocBook, at 
>>> I just took another look at that DocBook reference and got overwhelmed
>>> again by references to using multiple programs that do not run in
>>> Windows, SVN, stylesheets, XML, etc., which reminds me of why I have
>>> been submitting my documentation requests (several of those 45) in plain
>>> text.  That seems to be where they end, because I am not ready to spend
>>> several weeks learning how to get those programs running, etc.  If
>>> someone knows how to convert text into appropriate XML with valid tags,
>>> etc., I wish they would go ahead and do it.  Then I could let loose with
>>> a whole bunch of additional documentation bugs.
>> Have a go with this:
>> It's not exactly a direct conversion of text, but if you can get it to work it'll be a lot easier than wrangling XML directly. 
>> Another possibility:
>> We might be able to write a script to pull from the wiki. In the meantime, it suggests a temporary solution: Put your suggestions into the wiki. That way they'll be formatted and accessible. If we can't manage anything else we can put a pointer in the docs.
>> Regards,
>> John Ralls
> (When I was in college, I was the kid that sat in the front row of the
> classroom and asked too many difficult questions.)
> Before I go too far with this, I have a big Question.
> What about version control?
> It appears that the Open Office path is designed to produce finished
> documents as opposed to patches.  I think that the process of importing
> a large XML document into OO, massaging it then exporting it back to XML
> has a potential to wreak havoc. 
> If that is true, an attempt to change or insert a few paragraphs or to
> correct a singular mis-spelling would potentially create more work
> rather than less work to push it into whichever version control system
> that GnuCash is currently using for documentation.  Is that true, or am
> I completely ignorant about how version control works?
> Is it possible to start an edit session in OO with a minimum amount of
> context to identify correct placement of the edit in the overall document?
> Also, I would not want to bypass the Bugzilla step in the process that
> gives others a chance to stop me if I start down a wrong path.
> I didn't even touch the issue of translation into foreign languages, did
> I?  Oops, now I did. :)
> To date I have not attempted to edit the wiki.  It looks like I need to
> explore that path.
> David C
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i tried OO and ended up with a damaged xml file (changed tagnames,
different handling of pictures etc.)


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