Workiva Releases "The Devil is in the XBRL Details: Year 2 Compliance" White Paper

Workiva supports Inline XBRL 

March 4, 2011

The great migration from XBRL “block” to “detailed” tagging is well under way with Year 2 10-Ks arriving in significant numbers at the SEC.

We now have enough distance to look back and answer XBRL filing questions with objective experience rather than guesses, especially with regard to Year 2 activities. Even with a superficial comparison of Year 1 to Year 2 filings, such as by browsing through filings on the SEC website, one can quickly see that Year 2 filings are significantly larger, as evidenced by the presentation of many more facts — and more complex, as evidenced by the increased difficulty in reading the “detail-tagged” disclosure notes.

This increase in both size and complexity adds risks to satisfying SEC reporting requirements. In this first of a three-part white paper series, we begin to answer the question: Why is Year 2 XBRL compliance so much more difficult than Year 1 compliance?

Dean Ritz

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 (in press 2017).