Hello World! XBRL Example
Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 08:39AM
Charlie in XBRL General Information

Ever wanted a really simple example of XBRL?  Well, you are in luck.  Here is a very basic example of what XBRL is, how it works, and how easy it is to create.

This example shows the very basics.  It consists of:

The best way to use this is to download the ZIP file which contains the Excel spreadsheet, the taxonomy and the instance document.  You can look at the taxonomy and the instance document.  Open the Excel spreadsheet.  NOTE THAT IT CONTAINS MACROS!!!  Go to the workbook "Hello World Example" and simply press the buttons on the right, in order preferably, and you can create your own XBRL.  You can go to the "Create HelloWorld Taxonomy" spreadsheet to generate the taxonomy.

Some things to note about this "Hello World" example:

Sure, this is not perfect, it is not robust, and it certainly is not some big scalable application for using XBRL.  But, it is useful in helping you see the basics, reverse engineering how to work with XBRL and for some general experimentation.

For more information go to the Learning about XBRL page and/or Digital Financial Reporting.

Article originally appeared on Intelligent XBRL-based structured digital financial reporting using US GAAP and IFRS (http://xbrl.squarespace.com/).
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