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Re: GNUE ledger/ journal data schema

From: Peter Sullivan
Subject: Re: GNUE ledger/ journal data schema
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 07:17:05 +0000

(I thought I had posted this last week, but no sign of it.)

In article <address@hidden>,
Todd Boyle <address@hidden> writes
>Would your projects be willing to provide documentation of
>your transaction ledger or journal data schema, and if available,
>your GL interface, to this collection, at
> ?

Hi Todd. Not sure if anyone has replied privately yet or not. 
Because GNUe and all its documentation is distributed under the GNU
Public License (GPL), it is freely redistributable for whatever purpose
you want to use it for. There are a few conditions about allowing people
access to the 'source code' if you redistribute, but these shouldn't be
a problem in this context - it's pretty difficult to prevent people
accessing the 'source code' of web documents. For full details of the
license, see

In other words, you don't even need to ask. In case you haven't found it
yet, the GL data schema is at:
Note that this is currently written on the assumption that it is going
to be used with the GNUe Application Server, and is thus written as a
object-orientated .gcd (GNUe Class Definition). However, the mapping to
a normal relational database model should be fairly obvious.

It looks as if the main focus of your site is trying to get some kind of
standard XML definitions for General Ledger data. Although GNUe still
uses relational databases as its storage mechanism - for any reasonable
size of database, it's going to be much more efficient - it does use XML
'natively' in lots of other places, including the Forms definitions
themselves and as the native output format of the Reports module (when
that is finished). Oh, and GNUe Integrator is intended to be a means of
getting data into and out of other systems (either batch interface or
real time) using XML as well.

Something else you might like to have a look at, if you haven't already,
is the British government's documents at
This will make the use of XML schemas compulsory in the British public
sector as a mechanism for transferring data between systems. 
Peter Sullivan

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