XBRL Guide

In this FREE guide to XBRL, which stands for eXtensible Business Reporting Language is a markup language, you will learn the ins and outs of XBRL.

What is XBRL?

XBRL is a markup language based on XML, similar to HTML, regulated by a consortium of bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC requires public companies to file in XBRL to make the sharing of financial information easier, reduce overhead, and be more streamlined. However, XBRL can be used in other instances to share financial information as well.

With the XBRL standard in place, companies and investors can share and sort important financial data more easily once software that can read it is released. The re-keying of financial data will be greatly reduced when accountants share information.

Benefits of XBRL

Analysts and investors can compare companies more easily
Reduced costs for managing the flow of financial information
Improved access to financial information
Increased productivity due to more time spent making quality information rather than duplicating it
Improved data quality and validity
Increased ability for sharing information between software

XBRL Report – What is the technical makeup of a report in XBRL?
XBRL Tags – Are used within the reports
XBRL Taxonomy – Are used to define the data in reports
XBRL SEC Regulation – Read about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s involvement in XBRL
XBRL IFRS and the potential for a future of easily shared data

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