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SF.net SVN: ledger-smb: [490] trunk/doc/manual/LedgerSMB-manual.tex

Revision: 490
Author:   einhverfr
Date:     2006-11-06 17:01:27 -0800 (Mon, 06 Nov 2006)

Log Message:
Updated manual

Modified Paths:

Modified: trunk/doc/manual/LedgerSMB-manual.tex
--- trunk/doc/manual/LedgerSMB-manual.tex	2006-11-06 22:20:38 UTC (rev 489)
+++ trunk/doc/manual/LedgerSMB-manual.tex	2006-11-07 01:01:27 UTC (rev 490)
@@ -63,11 +63,11 @@
 \item Flexibility and Central Management 
 \item Accessibility over the Internet (for some users) 
-\item Data is in a relatively open format 
+\item Relatively open data format
 \item Integration with other tools 
-\item One of the best accounting options for Linux users. 
+\item Excellent accounting options for Linux users
 \item Open Source 
-\item A flexible, open framework that can be extended or modified to fit
+\item Flexible, open framework that can be extended or modified to fit
 your business. 
 \item Security-conscious development community. 
@@ -80,7 +80,7 @@
 \item Track sales by customer 
 \item Issue Invoices, Statements, Receipts, and more 
-\item Job costing and time entry for customer projects. 
+\item Do job costing and time entry for customer projects. 
 \item Manage sales orders and quotations 
 \item Ship items from sales orders 
@@ -606,14 +606,11 @@
 GIFI is a requirement for Canadian customers. This feature allows
 one to link accounts with Canadian tax codes to simplify the reporting
+process. Some European countries now use a similar system.
-It also has another use in that non-Canadians can use this functionality
-to create customized reports by categorizing accounts using this field.
-This allows for a sort of shallow \char`\"{}account hierarchy\char`\"{}
-like some users are used to with other products.
+People that don't otherwise have a use for GIFI can use it to create reports
+which agregate accounts together.
 Standard Industrial Classification is a way of tracking the type of
@@ -642,7 +639,7 @@
 The standard way books are normally closed at the end of the year
 is by moving all adjusted%
 \footnote{Adjustments would be entered via the General Ledger. The exact process
-is beyond the scope of this class, however.%
+is beyond the scope of this document, however.%
 } income and expenses to an equity account usually called \char`\"{}Retained
 Earnings.\char`\"{} Assets and liabilities are not moved. Equity drawing/dividend
 accounts are also moved, but the investment accounts are not. The
@@ -668,27 +665,23 @@
 one is doing. However, on some systems some options might need to
 be changed, so all options are presented here for reference:
-\item \$userspath is the directory where Ledger-SMB will store the user
-accounts. The web server process must be able to read from and write
-to this directory. 
-\item \$templates is the directory where the templates are stored. 
-\item \$memberfile is the master list of user configuration information 
-\item \$sendmail is the command to use to send a message. It must read the
+\item[templates] is the directory where the templates are stored. 
+\item[sendmail] is the command to use to send a message. It must read the
 email from standard input. 
-\item \$language allows one to set the language for the login screen and
+\item[language] allows one to set the language for the login screen and
 admin page. 
-\item \$latex tells Ledger-SMB whether \LaTeX{} is installed. \LaTeX{} is
+\item[latex] tells Ledger-SMB whether \LaTeX{} is installed. \LaTeX{} is
 required for generating Postscript and PDF invoices and the like. 
-\item Various environmental variables (\$ENV...) can be set here too. One
+\item[Environmental variables] can be set here too. One
 can add paths for searching for \LaTeX{}, etc. 
-\item \%printer can be used to set a hash table of printers for the software.
+\item[printer] can be used to set a hash table of printers for the software.
 The primary example is\\
  \%printer = ( 'Default' =\textgreater 'lpr', 'Color' =\textgreater
-'lpr -PEpson' ); \\
+'lpr -PEpson' ); \\%TODO check with Seneca on this
  However, this can use any program that can accept print documents
 (in Postscript) from standard input, so there are many more possibilities. 
 I have omitted the variables used to configure Oracle as I do not
 believe it is still supported (it could be with a small amount of
 work though).
@@ -1025,17 +1018,9 @@
 \subsubsection{Tax Paid and Non-taxable Report}
-These reports are not generally used in the US because most of the
-time wholesale goods are not taxable. However, for businesses with
-offices in other countries including Canada, it is often important
-for them to be aware of this functionality. In these countries, one
-generally pays sales tax even on wholesale goods and then takes a
-tax credit for these when when paying the sales tax to the country
-of province. Thus one needs to be able to track taxable and non-taxable
-expenses, and how much was paid. For now, it is sufficient to know
-that they are there.
+These reports have known issues.  It is better to use the GL reports and filter 
 \subsection{Vendor Reporting}
@@ -1474,11 +1459,10 @@
-The Point of Sale screen is still fairly rudimentary, and it is one
-of the least mature aspects of Ledger-SMB. It is suitable for small
-retail environments at the moment but not much else.
+LedgerSMB 1.2 includes a number of components merged from Metatron Technology 
+Consulting's SL-POS.  Although it is still not a perfect solution, it is greatly improved in both workflow and hardware support.  It is suitable for retail 
+establishments at the moment.
 \subsection{Sales Screen}
 The sales screen looks very much like a normal invoice entry screen
@@ -1491,6 +1475,7 @@
 \item Hot keys for the buttons are Alt-U for update, Alt-P for print, Alt-O
 for post, and Alt-R for print and post. 
 \item Part Groups appear at the bottom of the screen. 
+\item Alt-N moves the cursor to the next free payment line.
 \subsection{Possibilities for Data Entry}
@@ -1504,12 +1489,12 @@
 \subsection{Hardware Support}
-As Ledger-SMB is a web-based application, the web browser usually
+As LedgerSMB is a web-based application, the web browser usually
 does not allow the page to write to arbitrary files. Therefore hardware
 support for pole displays, etc. is not readily possible from the application
-itself. In some cases, there are add-on packages (such as SL-POS)
-which offer some additional hardware options via simple additional
-networking programs.
+itself. LedgerSMB gets around this limitation by using an additional set of 
+network sockets from the server to the client to control its hardware.  This 
+naturally requires that other software is also running on the client.
 Notes for specific types of hardware are as follows:
@@ -1520,11 +1505,12 @@
 reasonable. Setting down the resolution would also help. 
 \item [{Receipt}] Printers: ESC/POS printers generally work in text mode.
 Control sequences can be embedded in the template as necessary. 
-\item [{Pole}] Displays: Generally are unsupported in Ledger-SMB without
-add-on patches and special network clients. 
+\item [{Pole}] Displays: Generally supported.  Only the Logic Controls PD3000 is
+supported out of the box, but making this work for other models ought to be
 \item [{Cash}] Drawers: These should be attached to the printer. The control
-codes can then be embedded in the invoices so that the drawer opens
-whenever an invoice is printed. 
+codes is then specified in the pos.conf.pl so that the command is sent to the
+printer when the open till button is pushed.
 \item [{Barcode}] Scanners: Most customers use decoded barcode scanners
 through a keyboard wedge interface. This allows them to scan items
 as if they were typing them on the keyboard. 

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