XBRL For Dummies Kindle Edition

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:
  • Understand XBRL and its implications for your organization

  • Plan for XBRL implementation and set action-oriented agendas

  • Adapt existing US GAAP and IFRS financial information into the XBRL format

  • Make sense of XBRL using simple, hands-on exercises

Are you ready for XBRL? Get up to speed with this friendly guide!

Extensible Business Reporting Language — XBRL — is revolutionizing business reporting, including financial reporting. It's complicated, but this book isn't! Here's how to get business and IT folks on the same spreadsheet so that everyone can grasp the concept and be ready for the switch. You'll discover the important details you need to make smart business and technical decisions about XBRL.

  • What is it? — understand what XBRL is, its parts, and how it works

  • Learn from the masters — discover how gurus including Marc van Hilvoorde; Christine Tan, PhD; Raynier van Egmond; and Eiichi Watanabe put XBRL to work

  • Information, please — see how information is used and why new ways to exchange it are necessary

  • Making it happen — be able to identify stakeholders, find a common vocabulary, and build an implementation team

  • Step by step — see how to create and use XBRL modules and taxonomies

Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/xbrl to find links to URLs in the book and bonus material

Open the book and find:

  • Common misconceptions about XBRL

  • Ten ways to make learning XBRL easier

  • A look at the information supply chain

  • How to make a business case for XBRL

  • Pitfalls to avoid

  • All about meeting the SEC mandate

  • The future of business information exchange

  • Various implementation approaches

About the Author

Charles Hoffman is considered the father of XBRL. He is coeditor of the US GAAP Taxonomy Architecture and was named one of the 100 most influential people in accounting by Accounting Technology.

Liv Apneseth Watson is among the founders of XBRL International and was vice chairman of XBRL International.


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  • File Size: 6284 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CBV6
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This book assumes that if it actually showed you an example, like a 15-line xbrl taxonomy, all the brackets would make your head explode. To avoid this unfortunate outcome, the authors take the following measures:
- Apologizing every time they're about to explain something in depth ("Sorry we have to get so technical...")
- Never actually showing you any xbrl

To be fair, they do say this is a book for business people. I read the first 100 pages, and I got a good general understanding of what XBRL is, what it isn't, and what it might be suited for. This could have been compressed into about 20 pages - nevertheless if you have some patience they do explain the general gist well. It's just that if you're hoping to get into any specifics, your head is going to start spinning from all the definitions with no examples.

I haven't read any of the other books yet but I'm hoping to find a "XBRL for people who aren't scared of punctuation marks".
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The writing in this "Dummies" is not as clear and precise as I have come to expect from the series. As the book presents XBRL, a reader will probably conclude that the technology is too difficult and arcane to be of use.

However, if you know nothing of XBRL, when you complete reading this book you will probably know more than you ever wanted.

The book needs a good editor.
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I was looking for a quick technical update as a computing professional but it is directed to the business and financial people who both need it and are in the process of being required to use it. For my purposes, the site references were accurate and exhaustive. I think it is mandatory for C level officers and senior financial people. They will find it heavy going but the content is essential.
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I have taken courses in XBRL & IFRS and have read many articles and papers. None of this helped me understand this semantic system comprehensively as this book. Is extensive, sometimes it's heavy, but I saw the light; I can help my company make better decisions about these important topics. I highly recommend it.
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I looked to this book to introduce me to XBRL. Unfortunately, it's overkill with respect to introductory material. I got the impression the authors were hard-selling an implicitly resistant audience. As a retired software developer who likes to dabble in new areas, I found there was minimal guidance -- just a compass direction.
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Charlie Hoffman is known as the "Father of XBRL," and through his blog and postings he continues to play an important leadership role in its development. In this book, with the help of several excellent coauthors, Mr. Hoffman provides a successful introduction to the computer language that is now required for key SEC filings, such as the 10-K. The book offers readers a good conceptual framework of what XBRL is, as well as discussing its various implementations by companies, regulatory agencies, and other entities.

Is this the only document you'll need to look at to become an XBRL expert? Does it offer a sustained discussion of the XBRL specification in all its particulars? Of course not. It's a Dummies book, for gosh sake. Mr. Hoffman and his team have done an outstanding job of providing readers a relatively brief but nonetheless solid understanding of the field. While parts of the book have naturally been overtaken by events, it continues to be an excellent resource for those who want to gain an overview of XBRL and its potential for utilizing business data.

Bob Schneider
Editor, Hitachi XBRL blog, 2006 to 2010
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The content is ok. I was expecting more hands-on examples than theory which I could get from sources on the Web. The big disappointment came from trying to obtain Spider Monkey, one of the free tools mentioned in the book. After contacting [...] for evaluation copy as suggested in the book, I got an email from their Support asking to chat with me. They asked for my phone # and also gave their international # to call. After telling him that their tool was mentioned in this book and also that 1) I didn't want to disclose my phone #, 2) I preferred test-driving the trial version first before talking to them, and 3) I never had to go through this kind of hassle with obtaining other trial versions of software products in the US, he basically told me that he wouldn't send me the trial version without having talked to me fist. Now I wish that, before buying this book, I should have made sure that I got the tools mentioned in the book first. Otherwise, not being able to go through the exercise really reduces the value of the book.
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This book delivers as promised. There is a lot of fluffy but nontechnical stuff in it to cushion the technical terms; very easy to speed through. If you are an IT manager who doesn't know XBRL, XML, or YML, but you need to say something evangelical that justifies a budget increase -- this book will provide many pages of gospel. If you are an IT demigod who has a hard time explaining to mere mortals how she resurrects dead computers -- this book will help you say things in a more simplistic way. I personally wanted something more technical and concrete, but I should not have expected that.
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