WHAT IS XBRL?
XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is an XML-based computer software language for the electronic communication of business and financial data. It is an open standard for financial reporting and provides a unique, electronically readable tag for each individual disclosure item within the financial statements. Each item on the financial statements is tagged with such individualized information, thus permitting the automatic exchange and reliable extraction of financial information. XBRL is not an accounting standard; it is simply a standard for providing an identifying tag for business and financial data. XBRL-tagged data can be read by any software that includes an XBRL processor and thus can be easily transferred between computers.
WHAT XBRL TAXONOMIES DO WE USE?
The tags used in XBRL data are defined and organized using a categorization scheme called taxonomy. Taxonomies are computer-readable “dictionaries” of identifying tags that are affixed to individual items of financial data (such as “revenue”) and provide information on those items’ attributes and interrelationships. Our XBRL data are based on the 2011 US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy developed and maintained by the Financial Accounting Standard Board.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO VIEW THE XBRL FILES?
To view the XBRL data in a readable format, the XBRL files must be loaded into an XBRL viewer. Such a viewer is available for free, for example, on the SEC’s website at the following link: https://datapreview.sec.gov/previewer/.
As an alternative, the XBRL files can be viewed in a web-friendly format by navigating to the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website and by clicking on the “Interactive Data” link, where available, on the section of the SEC’s website containing the Company’s filings. These filings can be located using the following link: http://www.tinyurl.com/99onlysec.