What is ABRA-SEARCH.COM?
ABRA-SEARCH.COM is a dedicated
search engine for searching and browsing XBRL taxonomies.
It combines typical features of full text search engines (e.g. Google)
with a rich and intuitive Web-based user interface for discovering XBRL
Why is an XBRL search
XBRL taxonomies contain plenty
of information which may be useful for XBRL adoptors. But particular
concepts or properties of XBRL taxonomies are hard to find for non-XBRL
experts. ABRA-SEARCH.COM applies the well-established mechanism of
full-text search and provides search
results as entry points for further XBRL taxonomy discovery,
for instance multi-lingual translations,
references and concept details.
What is XBRL?
XBRL is an XML-based markup language developed for
financial reporting. It provides a standards-based method to prepare,
publish (in a variety of formats), reliable extract and automatically
exchange financial statements. The standard is governed
by a not-for-profit international consortium (XBRL International
What is an XBRL taxonomy?
is supported by its jurisdictions - independent bodies, generally
organised on a country-specific basis, that work to promote the adoption
of XBRL and the development of taxonomies that define the information
exchange requirements of their particular domains. Taxonomies capture
the definition of individual reporting elements as well as the
relationships between elements within a taxonomy and in other taxonomies.
Who is providing
ABRA-SEARCH.COM is provided by
ABZ Reporting GmbH.
ABZ is a spin-off company of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft which is the
larges public research organisation for computing sciences in Europe.
Besides its commercial XBRL products, ABZ provides free open source
software to the XBRL community. The free open source
XBRL processor ABRA is the most popular ABZ product.
What makes it a magic search engine?
ABRA-SEARCH.COM is magic because it offers a bunch of groundbreaking innovations:
The browser interface is heavily based on small
webservice calls, which speeds up response time and minimizes
resource consumption on client side.
The full-text search is adjusted and optimized
for XBRL taxonomies only.
ABRA-SEARCH.COM was built on our XBRL processor
ABRA which allows modular taxonomy extensions (reuse of taxonomy
modules by other taxonomies).
The ABRA processor uses an embedded XML database.
So there is no restriction for the number of taxonomies which are
processed by our search engine!
cannot find a particular concept of a taxonomy. What's wrong?
There are many ways to
find a concept in the taxonomy.
Please check whether you have selected the right taxonomy first.
Furthermore, check whether you have choosen the
same taxonomy language in the languages list box below the search imput
box as you have used in your search query.
If your taxonomy selection and language settings are o.k., please check
out the following search methods.
Check the suggestions during entering a search term
to find out whether a search word is indexed by the taxonomy search engine!
Use wildcard search, e.g. "*asset*"!
Search for accounting references (e. g. paragraph numbers) or best
Check the calculation rules of related concepts!
If a particular concept was bookmarked, check whether the reference is
Can I provide taxonomies or user interface translations?
If you would like to provide a public taxonomy YES, PLEASE!
We aim at providing as much public taxonomies as possible at
ABRA-SEARCH.COM. Please click the submit "Submit Taxonomy" buttom below
the search input box and fill in the submission form. If you
would like to provide further user interface translations for
the search engine, please download the
language properties file
(.doc format) and
send the translated document to abra-search-feedback [at] abz-reporting.com.
It is just about 15-30 minutes to prepare a single language translation!
If your taxonomy is a private taxonomy, please check
our offers for taxonomy hosting or obtaining a license of our search
engine. Please click the "Taxonomy Hosting" button and fill in the form
to obtain further information about hosting and licensing.
How can I create links to
To refere to a particular taxonomy please choose the
taxonomy and a language and check your browser URI in order to create a
proper link. The link should look like this:
To refere to a particular concept of a taxonomy,
please copy the bookmark in the bookmark tab of the bottom right details
window. The link has the following structue
key>&ln=<local name of concept>&ns=<namespace uri of concept>
How can I provide feedback?
Please send us an e-mail to provide comments,
suggestions or other kind of feedback: abra-search-feedback [at] abz-reporting.com
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