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Why is my iXBRL file in HTML format?

Solution iXBRL is a database technology designed to collate, present and transmit business data. HTML is the standard file format used to contain iXBRL data to be displayed or transmitted in web browsers.

So your iXBRL data file is in HTML format, i.e. the file name ends with the file extension .HTML - e.g. accounts.html.

A web search on "What is iXBRL?" will explain further and you might like to read the more detailed answer below.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a standard way of marking up a document so it can be published on the World Wide Web and viewed in a browser. It provides a set of pre-defined tags which describe how content appears in a browser. For example, it describes the font and color of text. It gives little information on meaning or context. XML (Extensible Markup Language) uses tags to identify the meaning, context and structure of data.

XML is a standard language which is maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). XML does not replace HTML; it is a complementary format that is platform independent, allowing XML data to be rendered on any device such as a computer, cell phone, PDA or tablet device. It enables rich, structured data to be delivered in a standard, consistent way. Whereas HTML offers a fixed, pre-defined number of tags, XML neither defines nor limits tags. Instead, XML provides a framework for defining tags (i.e. taxonomy) and the relationship between them (i.e. schema).

XBRL is an XML-based schema that focuses specifically on the requirements of business reporting. XBRL builds upon XML, allowing accountants and regulatory bodies to identify items that are unique to the business reporting environment. The XBRL schema defines how to create XBRL documents and XBRL taxonomies, providing users with a set of business information tags that allows users to identify business information in a consistent way. XBRL is also extensible in that users are able to create their own XBRL taxonomies that define and describe tags unique to a given environment.

iXBRL (in-line Extensible Business Reporting Language) is a further development which will incorporate machine-readable tags alongside legible captions. In the UK, HM Revenue and Customs require corporation tax submissions to use iXBRL for periods ending after 31 March 2010 and filed after 1 April 2011.
 
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Article ID: 44
Category: Printing accounts and iXBRL
Date added: 2011-09-19 12:37:38
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