[GNC-dev] README Overview; was: Gnome HIG

David T. sunfish62 at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 15 13:21:48 EDT 2018

> On Sep 15, 2018, at 12:55 PM, David T. via gnucash-devel <gnucash-devel at gnucash.org> wrote:
>> On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:29 AM, Frank H. Ellenberger <frank.h.ellenberger at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As we are already there,
>> one of you Davids might also review
>> https://github.com/Gnucash/gnucash/blob/maint/README section overview,
>> and probably  files in
>> https://github.com/Gnucash/gnucash/tree/maint/doc
>> https://github.com/Gnucash/gnucash-docs/blob/maint/gnucash-docs.spec.in
>> ...
>> which borrow the intro
>> There have been "shiny new features" of 1.x which no one any longer
>> would mention for the 3.x series.
> Honestly, I think the text in the README would more accurately reflect John’s concerns about the breathless tone found in the Guide, and so I am more likely to put *that* text into the Guide, rather go the other way. 
> Furthermore, in the interest of eliminating bit rot and in using the right tool for the right job, I would strip the README back drastically to cover only basic technical details on downloading, installing, and running GnuCash. Everything else should go, IMHO.
> David

To be specific: in the main README, I would eliminate the Overview altogether, and replace it with:

GnuCash is a double entry personal and small business financial management package.

Home Page:

Precompiled binaries:

That is it.

All the remaining sections should be altered to refer readers to the fuller and more up-to-date information as it resides elsewhere (most notably, on the wiki or website).

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