XBRL Renderer

XBRL report design in StyleVision

XBRL Rendering Features:

  • Multi-channel XBRL rendering
  • Simultaneous publication in HTML, PDF, RTF, and Word
  • XBRL Chart Wizard and XBRL Table Wizard
  • US-GAAP mode for automated table generation
  • Period Properties dialog for XBRL filtering
  • Advanced filtering with XPath
  • Support for iXBRL (Inline XBRL)
  • Interactive navigation (e.g., for XBRL footnotes)
  • Ability to combine XML, SQL, and XBRL data
  • View and generate related XSLT code
  • MissionKit synergy for end-to-end XBRL development
  • Automation with StyleVision Server

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XBRL Rendering Made Simple — and Visual

StyleVision has broad and deep support for XBRL (the Extensible Business Reporting Language), an XML-based vocabulary for electronic transmission of business and financial data. XBRL was developed to facilitate business intelligence 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. Official support from European Parliament, as well as the governments of China and Japan, and a mandate from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, have assured XBRL’s role as the official standard for financial reporting.

However, working with XBRL can be overwhelmingly complicated, both because of the scope of the business domains involved and because XBRL builds on a number of W3C specifications (including XML Namespaces, XML Schema, XPath, and XLink) that can be conceptually overwhelming without an effective XBRL-focused report design tool.

StyleVision’s visual design model radically simplifies XBRL-related reporting and analysis, making it possible for business domain experts without deep XML expertise to leverage the full power of XBRL. StyleVision’s support for XML, SQL database, and XBRL inputs also makes it possible to combine XBRL document-based content with data from other sources, all using a drag-and-drop design model that helps designers focus on business reporting needs instead of technologies.

Designing a report to render XBRL

XBRL Table Wizard

To create a straightforward XBRL report, you simply drag and drop a taxonomy financial statement onto the design pane as an XBRL table and then use StyleVision's graphical interface to format stylesheets for output in HTML, RTF, PDF, and Word. The XBRL Table Wizard makes it easy to customize the table structure and specify the concepts to include in the report. In the case of the US-GAAP taxonomy, which provides, in addition to the hierarchical organization in its presentation linkbase, some best practices information on how to structure XBRL instances, you can simply select US-GAAP mode to have StyleVision automatically render the data according to this information.

When your taxonomy contains XBRL Table Linkbase definitions, StyleVision will render the table automaticallly based on the specified parameters, making it quick and easy to publish XBRL tables in your reports.

XBRL Table Wizard

XBRL Chart Wizard

Charts and graphs add a visualization dimension that lends clarity and advanced presentation to your financial and business data reports. StyleVision includes robust support for chart creation and even includes a customized XBRL Chart Wizard. You can customize the data rendered in your charts simply by selecting the desired category or series values (Concept and Period are the defaults) in the properties dialog box. The Period Properties dialog box allows you to filter by XBRL periods, which simply describe the length of time for which a particular concept is being reported (i.e., instant, duration, or forever), so that you can make meaningful comparisons. Chart styles and properties can be controlled using the All settings button in the Chart Wizard and/or by using the StyleVision entry helper windows, where you can select chart type, background color, fonts, alignment, etc.

StyleVision XBRL chart wizard

Report Output & Automation

Each design you create to render XBRL data automatically publishes your report in Web and print-ready formats: HTML, PDF, RTF, and Word (Open XML). Your design also generates a standards-conformant XSLT stylesheet to render XBRL in each output format, so that you can integrate the code into custom applications to, for example, automate XBRL rendering on a quarterly basis.

Using StyleVision to create reusable templates for publishing your financial data means that you do not have to rekey presentation reports every quarter and can eliminate the errors and time delays associated with manual data entry.

For high-performance automation of XBRL rendering, check out StyleVision Server.

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