I want to raise a discussion here about the creation of a generic comparison
I would preface this discussion by saying that, although I am a long time user
of Gnucash, I have repeatedly demonstrated my utter inability to generate
useful code for the project, so any ultimate action on the results of this
discussion would have to be applied by someone else.
As we have seen recently, and as I have seen repeatedly over the years, one of
the more common requests for reporting is to be able to see numbers from
different time periods in order to evaluate a financial situation.
As far as I can tell, other than the multi column report, nothing of the sort
exists in Gnucash. I started thinking that it might be good to begin the
process of detailing what features might go into such a report in order to make
it generally useful, with the idea of perhaps stirring up someone's interest in
creating such a report.
Some initial ideas include:
* Definable periods. Should be able to set the unit period, with options for
common units (month, quarter, year).
* Definable numbers of periods.
* Definable accounts, but with some common groupings (Assets, Liabilities,
Investments... Are there others?)
* Perhaps the option to use another report as a template? I have no idea how
that might work, but the fact that folks seem to want side by side balance
sheets suggests this to me.
Does anyone else think this would be helpful? Is it a reasonable idea? Is it
something that someone in the community with Scheme skills is interested in
pursuing? Are there other elements that would make this a better idea? Are
there elements that are absurdly difficult or impossible?
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