The following four videos help to explain XBRL. While it is my view that none of these videos does an excellent job at explaining XBRL, each contributes to achieving an understanding of what XBRL really is.
- XBRL explained in one minute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIjWVAh42Vk
- XBRL in Plain English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uTrB1gQ-xM
- How XBRL Works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nATJBPOiTxM
- XBRL for dummies - the simple answer to what is XBRL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig4czP1uN6Y
It is my view that one video which explains digital financial reporting (and perhaps digital business reporting) and why digital reporting is superior to current reporting approaches and how XBRL enables digital financial/business reporting would be helpful.
Bonus material: For those interested in more details, this is a one hour long video which explains XBRL with a bit more depth.