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Performance Made Practical: Announcing the Launch of WebFilings University


June 20, 2012

WebFilings is proud to announce the launch of our XBRL Training Program—providing support and training on XBRL to our customers. This curriculum combines all aspects of the prior WebFilings training programs and helps you work with informed confidence. WebFilings University offers four online XBRL courses designed to provide XBRL knowledge and experience for filing success. The four-course series (Series-1 beta released May 2012) collects the best of our knowledge and experience with thousands of XBRL filings. Topics have been selected specifically with your performance in mind.

Course 1 is an introduction to XBRL. After completing this course, you should know the basic reasons for using XBRL, special terms related to its capabilities and functions, and other essential knowledge that serve as a basis for understanding the subsequent courses in this series.

Course 2 covers the “why” and “how” on Wdesk solutions for applying tags to a financial report. After completing this training course the student should be able to initiate XBRL on a document; use XBRL tagging applications to detail tag within tables and narrative text; set the properties of individual or groups of XBRL facts; inspect, validate and revise their XBRL tagging work; and validate an XBRL filing. It also delves in the reasons why certain applications are needed by detailing the compliance and best practices that necessitate their use.

Course 3 covers the Wdesk approach for designing a high-quality XBRL filing. After completing this training course the student should have an improved capability for analyzing their external reports with the objective of representing them with the US GAAP taxonomy; make better informed choices for elements from the US GAAP taxonomy, and be able to document the reasons for these choices for the benefit of colleagues and management.

Course 4 covers the applications and techniques for reviewing an XBRL filing. After completing this training course the student should be better equipped to reliably and predictably maintain quality control through document editing an into live filing. All courses are available online at You'll need a WebFilings user account and an authorization code for your WebFilings University course for access. You may take these courses as many times as you like, on your schedule. WebFilings University: Series-1 is offered at a very affordable per person price. To enroll, contact your WebFilings sales representative today.

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Senior Director of Digital Reporting Strategy

About the Author

Dean Ritz is a subject matter expert in information modeling with over three decades of experience in various data-dominated domains, including artificial intelligence, expert systems, object-oriented programming, and most recently the modeling of financial information. As a Senior Director at Workiva, he applies his expertise to product strategy for collaborative work management and the management of the company’s expanding patent portfolio. His interests extend to the topics of rhetoric and ethics, with scholarly work in these areas published by Oxford University Press (2011, 2009, 2007), and Routledge (2017).

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