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Whitepaper: XBRL: An Overview For Technical Users

by AltovaMar 01, 2009

Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is an XML-based vocabulary for electronic transmission of business and financial data. XBRL was developed to facilitate business intelligence (BI) automation by enabling machine-to-machine communication and data processing for financial information with an eye toward cost reduction through the elimination of time-consuming and error-prone human interaction. This XBRL white paper gives developers and other technical users an overview of financial statements and how XBRL can be used not only to add transparency and interactivity to business reporting, but also to streamline enterprise accounting and reporting efficiency. The Altova MissionKit offers companies an integrated suite of XBRL tools for XBRL taxonomy editing, XBRL validation, XBRL automation and analysis, and XBRL rendering.

Whitepaper: Web Services: Benefits, Challenges, and a Unique, Visual Development Solution

by AltovaJan 01, 2008

Using Altova XMLSpy 2006 and MapForce 2006 together, one can create Web services from start to finish in a visual manner. This speeds development and reduces the occurrence of errors that may be introduced by manual coding. By creating a WSDL file in XMLSpy, then building the corresponding Web service and generating program code in MapForce, and creating and testing SOAP messages in XMLSpy, one can effectively build a complete Web service without having to write a single line of code. These Altova tools allow the user to reap all the benefits of Web services without being slowed by their challenges.