Thinking XML, Analyze financial reporting using XBRL

Learn to interpret Extensible Business Reporting Language well enough to make sense of financial filings

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Uche Ogbuji

Date archived: December 6, 2016 | First published: January 06, 2009

Thanks to recent events, the world turns its eyes to Wall Street. One of the hot topics is how to increase the transparency of descriptions of business activity and financial results. The financial sector and the SEC have long approached this problem with XBRL, an XML language for business reports. XBRL uses a variety of XML technologies, including XLink to provide rich detail for financial information. Learn to interpret and analyze financial report information in XBRL, using an actual U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission report as an example.

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