Tagging with Dimensions (Axis and Members)

You can use dimensional tagging when facts need additional context applied beyond the concept and date. Dimensional tagging uses axes and members to add this additional layer of context to an XBRL fact.

This article describes the process of dimensional tagging using the Statement of Changes in Equity as an example.

Example: Statement of Changes in Equity

We use a Statement of Changes in Equity as the example throughout this article.

The Statement of Changes in Equity differs from the other main financial statements because each line item is separated into constituent values that amount to the total in the final column. To differentiate the constituent values in each column, you’ll apply a dimension to each of the facts in addition to the concepts and dates. You’ll do this by adding an Axis and Member.

You can apply concepts, dates, and axis/members in any order, but it is a best practice to apply the concept and date first.

Tagging with an Axis

The document has a Statement of Changes in Equity that we need to dimensionalise to show the difference among the values of each column. You do this by first adding an Axis.

Highlight all the number cells that you want to dimensionalize in the table except the Total column. For our example, we highlight all the number cells in the Balance line. In the XBRL Detail Tagging dialog box, click the Add Axis button.

NOTE: You can tag cells individually or you can select multiple cells to tag at the same time.

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The XBRL Concept Search box opens and gives you a list of axes to choose from. For our example, select the Equity classes [Dimension] axis and click the green Accept button to apply to the selected cells.

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You can also add an Axis by clicking the Manage Dimensionality button. The axes and members available for the selected concept are listed under Available Members. This allows you to make sure you are not selecting an incorrect Axis, which may cause an error when you generate.

IMPORTANT: The number of dimensions allowed (both Axis and Member) depend on the concept you select.

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Tagging with a Member

Now you need to tag each column with a Member for the Axis. Select one column at a time, then select Search Domains / Members in the XBRL Detail Tagging window to search for a Member.

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Expand the Available Members sections to look for the correct member. Click the green plus sign next to the Member you want to use. Click outside the XBRL Detail Tagging dialog box to close it. The Member you selected is applied to the fact.

Normally, you do not tag the total column with an Axis or Member because it is the consolidated total of each of the equity values.

NOTE: If there are additional values that appear on your Equity Statement (such as multiple classes of stock, adjustments, etc.), you may need to apply more than one Axis to appropriately differentiate the concepts.

Your fact is now dimensionalised.