How to View XBRL

By Rick Radcliff

XBRL is short for "extensible business reporting language" and it is part of the family of extensible markup languages (XML). The XBRL language enables you to communicate financial data in a way that saves both time and costs, according to XBRL files come in two file types: XBRL instances and XBRL taxonomies. XBRL instances end with .xml , and XBRL taxonomies end with .xsd. You can view these files with the open source program, Dragon View.

Step 1

Go to

Step 2

Download the Dragon View XBRL Viewer.

Step 3

Unzip Dragon View.

Step 4

Open Dragon View.

Step 5

Click "File," highlight "Open" and then click either "XBRL Taxonomy" or "XBRL Instance Document."

Step 6

Find and click the XBRL file you want view and click "Open."