[GNC-dev] Main WIki Page edit

Frank H. Ellenberger frank.h.ellenberger at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 10:38:32 EDT 2018

Hi David,

I have applied it, but have 2 questions:
Was it intended to remove the reference to the glossary completely?
Should we somehow note, that in doubt the wiki might be more recent than
the official docs?


Am 20.08.2018 um 15:57 schrieb David T. via gnucash-devel:
> OK. I have looked over this issue with an eye to clarifying the text, and I believe that the User Documentation section should be simplified. As currently written, as you all have noted, the User Documentation section includes different layers of content, presented at the same tier of coverage. Thus, the Help and Tutorial are presented alongside two wiki pages and two glossaries. That’s inconsistent. 
> So, first up is to level things off. That means eliminating the separate headings for the Glossaries, the FAQ and Using Gnucash, and changing the main section to refer to the wiki at the same level as the Help and Tutorial. In the interest of helping people in dire need, I choose to retain the references to the FAQ and Using GnuCash pages, but as a descriptive list under the wiki in general (I will note that I also changed the Getting Help page to parallel this approach). As suggested, mention of the Glossaries isn’t particularly appropriate here, so I remove it altogether. [FWIW, I think the proper approach would be to make sure that all uses of special terminology in the wiki and the documentation receive reference to their glossary definitions, ideally as tool tips—but that solution is beyond my ability]
> I also don’t like “User Documentation” since we aren’t documenting users, so I prefer “Documentation for Users”, which requires the following heading to be changed to “Documentation for Developers”
> Here is my final suggestion for the section in question:
> === Documentation for Users ===
> GnuCash offers two major pieces of documentation: 
> * [http://www.gnucash.org/viewdoc.phtml?doc=help The Help Manual] - a quick reference manual for specific tasks, and
> * [http://www.gnucash.org/viewdoc.phtml?doc=guide The Tutorial and Concepts Guide] - an in-depth guide to the concepts. It is highly recommended to read at least the first chapters of the guide.
> The [http://www.gnucash.org/docs.phtml Documentation page on the gnucash.org ''website''] also contains these documents in
> * '''other languages:''' de, it, ja, pt; 
> * '''other formats:''' ''PDF'', ''ePub'' or ''mobi''; as well as
> * '''other releases:''' nightly (unstable),  previous and earlier stable releases.
> The GnuCash wiki includes extensive information regarding all aspects of GnuCash, contributed by the developers and users of GnuCash. Information in the wiki covers a broad variety of topics, and includes detailed technical information, as well as information that applies to specific use cases. Of particular interest on the wiki are: 
> * The [[FAQ|GnuCash FAQ]], which contains a collection of frequently asked questions about GnuCash, including administration, accounting, and glossary questions, and
> * [[Using GnuCash]], which collects real life experiences using GnuCash. You may find (user) solutions here that are not covered by the documentation.
> === Documentation for Developers ===

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