Creating Extension Concepts

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Sometimes standard taxonomy concepts do not fit a value in your report. To tag the value accurately, you need to create a custom (or extension) concept, which are are unique to your company.

Basics of Extension Concepts

Extension concepts have the same attributes as standard concepts:

  • Label is the standard name for the concept, such as Deferred Tax Asset, Interest Carryforward.

  • Type is the type of concept. It can be non-numeric (abstracts, members, text blocks, etc.) or numeric (monetary, shares, percent, etc.).

  • Documentation is additional information about the concept, which appears in viewers, such as the SEC Viewer.

  • Data Type is the kind of data you are tagging, such as Date Item Type, Monetary Item Type, Text Block Item Type, etc.

  • Balance Type is for monetary concepts, select Credit or Debit. Otherwise, select Unspecified.

    When creating a concept like Gain (Loss) to represent both positive and negative values, select the balance type associated with the positive value.

  • Period Type is for numeric concepts, specify Instant or Duration.

  • Abstract is for a concept you use to organize or group other concepts within the XBRL outline Presentation section, such as Income Statement [Abstract]. Do not use it for a fact or data.

Creating Extension Concepts

To create extension concepts:

From the XBRL toolbar, click Ext. Concepts.
Click Create New Extension Concept.
Add the necessary information for the extension concept.
Click the green checkmark to finish.

Create an extension concept

Applying Extension Concepts to a Fact

Any extension concepts you create are available from the Extension tab in the Concept Selector.

To apply an extension concept:

Open the document and make sure Show XBRL is on.
Choose an XBRL profile if one is not already applied.
Select the fact.
Click Add Concept in Fact Details.
Go to the Extensions tab and select a concept.
Click Apply.

Apply an extension to a fact