XBRL taxonomy [AX 2012]

Updated: May 24, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is a version of eXtensible Markup Language (XML). XBRL is a standard for the electronic exchange of data between businesses on the Internet. By using XBRL, you can apply unique identifying tags to specific pieces of financial data, so that the data can be easily parsed and processed by computers.

XBRL also provides information about each piece of data, such as whether the data is monetary, a percentage, or a fraction. Labels that you apply to pieces of data can be in any language. You can also apply labels to accounting references or other subsidiary information.

The XBRL taxonomy is the dictionary that XBRL uses. It defines the specific tags for unique pieces of data. The XBRL taxonomy consists of one or more schemas, which form the core part, and linkbase files.

Schemas are also known as main files. Schemas contain the elements of the taxonomy, links between the elements, paths to other files that contain elements and links, and footnotes. Footnotes clarify irregularly structured associations between elements in a schema file.

Linkbase files contain links between elements and their labels. The linkbase files in a taxonomy can include a presentation linkbase, a calculation linkbase, a definition linkbase, a reference linkbase, and a label linkbase. Not all taxonomies contain all linkbase files.

Different taxonomies are required, depending on the kind of financial reporting that is performed.

For more information about XBRL, see the XBRL International Web site.

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