[GNC-dev] Wiki FAQ Page

Adrien Monteleone adrien.monteleone at lusfiber.net
Wed Sep 5 12:26:02 EDT 2018

Yeah, those seem to be internal to the wiki, not an external broken link. But then, if the page itself isn’t changing, just the named anchor, it might not matter. The page still exists, so someone clicking an FAQ link from a mailing list message will still get dropped into the same page, but if the named anchor is not found, they’ll be focused to the top of the page rather than the intended place. Essentially then that named anchor will function as a basic page anchor which is just fine.


> On Sep 5, 2018, at 11:13 AM, Derek Atkins <derek at ihtfp.com> wrote:
> I feel like MediaWiki also has a way to fix that, too, but it may only
> work at a page level and not at an anchor level.
> c.f. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Redirect
> and
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Section#Section_linking_and_redirects
> -derek
> On Tue, September 4, 2018 12:42 pm, Adrien Monteleone wrote:
>> Broken links can be handled by permanent redirects in the web server’s
>> .htaccess file. I think Derek would be the one to add those in. If you
>> compile the list for him to copy & paste, I’m sure that would help. The
>> end result is someone can click the old link from the mailing list and the
>> server will drop them in the new location.
>> On a content note, I suspect you could have three separate headings for
>> “Managing GnuCash files”, “Configuring GnuCash” and “Customizing GnuCash”.
>> I’m thinking the latter to be more geared towards things like CSS and
>> where to put custom reports, while ‘Configuring’ is more related to
>> tweaking the app preferences.
>> Regards,
>> Adrien
>>> On Sep 4, 2018, at 9:43 AM, David T. via gnucash-devel
>>> <gnucash-devel at gnucash.org> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I am digging in to the FAQ page with an eye to rationalizing the
>>> accumulated mess. My hope is to make it easier for uers to find answers
>>> to their questions.
>>> Currently, the structure of the page does not accurately reflect the
>>> content of the questions. For example, the section “Installation
>>> Troubleshooting” covers two broad and disparate question areas.
>>> In addition, numerous questions have been placed haphazardly in sections
>>> to which they do not belong. For example, questions about theming do not
>>> belong under Installation (for Mac or Windows), but IMHO under “GnuCash
>>> Files and managing a GnuCash installation”, which itself would be better
>>> named “Configuring and Managing”
>>> On a practical level, as I rearrange the FAQ on some pretty substantial
>>> levels, questions and headings on the page will be changed.
>>> First issue: I do not see a way to see whether the wiki has any
>>> instances of links to a specific question. Clicking “What links here”
>>> only shows links to the overall FAQ page.
>>> Second issue: many links from the mailing lists will no longer work,
>>> which may cause problems for users searching the ML archives and
>>> retrieving the stale links. How should this be handled?
>>> Now, on a meta-level, I think the primary headings here might be better
>>> arranged as follows:
>>> 1. General Questions
>>> [move “Accounting Questions” to this section]
>>> 2. Installation
>>> 3. Using GnuCash [moved ahead of cunfiguring]
>>> 4. Configuring and Managing
>>> [Move “Customizing" questions from current section 8 to this section]
>>> 5. Troubleshooting
>>> 6. Exporting and Importing Data
>>> 7. Business Features
>>> [Move entire Developing GnuCash section of questions to the pages
>>> established for Developers]
>>> I welcome input and feedback.
>>> David
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