Re: Documentation for Financial Software

Subject: Re: Documentation for Financial Software
From: John Gilger <JohnG -at- MIKOHN -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 10:08:53 -0700

How about just saying: "Using the formula...this value is calculated."
or words to that effect. There are numerous finance textbooks that lay
out the mathematical formulae (some quite complex) that many financial
experts have probably forgetten in this day of financial calculators.

You may think of including a list of the variables and where they are
entered, if that is not clear.



-----Original Message-----
From: Cornela King [mailto:cornela -dot- s -dot- king -at- ARTHURANDERSEN -dot- COM]
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 1998 4:07 PM
Subject: Documentation for Financial Software

To those of you who write documentation for financial software ...

When do you document the calculations that are going on behind the

In my case, the users are internal financial planners, accountants,
matter experts. They tend to be on the anal side when it comes to

On the other hand, my product sponsor balks at the idea of providing all
the calcs (basically, the code) for the users.

Any advice?

Please copy me in directly on your responses. I get the digest version
this list.

Thank you,
Cornela King


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