Altova Whitepapers

XBRL: An Overview for technical Users

Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is an XML-based vocabulary for electronic transmission of busines and financial data. XBRL was developed to facilitate business intelligence (BI) automation by enabling machine-to-machine communication and data processing for financial information with an eye towards cost reduction through the elimination of time consuming and error-prone human interaction.

This XBRL whitepaper gives developers and other technical users an overview of financial statements and how XBRL can be used not only to add transparency and interactivity to business reporting, but also to streamline enterprise accounting and reporting efficiency. The Altova MissionKit® offers companies an intergrated suite of XBRL tools for XBRL taxonomy Editing, XBRL validation, XBRL automation and analysis, and XBRL rendering.

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Data Modeling using the XML Schema Definition language

XML Schema Definition (XSD) lanugage has emerged as a leading technology for end-to-end system design across the enterprise. The XML Schema whitepaper examines the benefits of using XSD to define a formal data model. Then, it discusses how components from that Altova MissionKit® can be used to seamlessly create and maintain such a model.

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Web services: Benefits, challenges, and a unique visual development solution

Web services have evolved as a practical, cost-effective solution for uniting information distributed between critical applications over operating system, platform, and language barriers that were previously impassable. The Web services webitepaper introduces the concept of Web services and identifies the benefits and challenges associated with their implementation. Then, it discusses how Altova's visual approach to Web services design and implementation can reduce the complexity of Web services development, allowing organizations to quickly reap the benefits of this powerful technology.

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XSLT 2.0 Analysis

InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, a leading market research firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry, has published an analysis of XSLT 2.0 in the recent report titled, A Focus on XSLT 2.0: Understanding the Development and Business Benefits. This report discusses recent additions to the XSLT specification in its 2.0 version, the relationship of XSLT 2.0 with XPath 2.0, and tangible benefits that these two languages deliver to developers and corporations. In addition, the report cites how the products within version 2005 of the Altova XML Suite [currently the Altova MissionKit] cover every aspect of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 deevelopment.

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Data Integration: Opportunities, Challenges, and MapForce

The ability to seamlessly connect with customers, partners, and co-workers is vital for success; yet most enterprises store and exchange data in dissimilar formats, such as databases, flat files, EDI systems, and, increasingly, XML-based applications. The ability to map and convert between these different formats is mission-critical, and Altova MapForce offers a unique and powerful approach to easing the pain for systems integration.

Read the MapForce whitepaper now (PDF 3.64 MB).


Getting More from Your Content with Single Source Publishing: Scoping out the benefits, obstacles, and a unique starting point, Altova StyleVision

The ability to offer customers business content in multiple formats, such as Web pages, email messages, Word documents, PDF documents, etc., is vital for meeting customer's needs and expectations in today's hyper-competitive Internet economy. However, this task presents a significant challenge since the popular formats in use today are generally not interoperable. XML technologies provide a framework for implementing single source publishing to produce multiple output formats from one source of content, but this still requires the time-consuming development of multiple intricate sytlesheets. Only Altova StyleVision delivers on the promise of single source publishing by simultaneously generating multiple stylesheets based on XML or databases, providing tremendous cost and time savings.

Read the StyleVision whitepaper now (PDF 2.32 MB).