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At the just-concluded XML Europe 2002 conference in Barcelona I
delivered a presentation which explained how an Enron-like organization
could disseminate its particular spin and its own, perhaps not generally
accepted, interpretations in financial reportings.
The eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) carries the
consequences of such mechanically mapped semantics to another order of
magnitude and effectively dumbs down the professional expertise of
Clearly written May 2002 :)
By design, data expressed in the SDV will be reported, rendered, and
otherwise manipulated by those specifically inexpert in, and quite
possibly unaware of the nature of its collection. Data integrity in such
circumstances is simply unachievable.
Of course - but this assumes that there has been no stakeholder
management, and that the data has been collected in a vacuum by a select
few. It also assumes that there is no documentation provided with the
data as to its meaning, origin, etc. If those things are done I think a
different picture emerges.
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
"W. E. Perry" wrote:
> Chiusano Joseph wrote:
> > XML does not provide interoperability - the use and correct implementation of common vocabularies
> > (and the correct use of
> > XML of course) provide interoperability.
> Common vocabularies (or as I call them, Standard Data Vocabularies:
> http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/05/29/perry.html) may provide interchangeability, but in the
> internetwork topology that is a disadvantage, if not an outright danger. By attempting to enable
> transactions by aping two-phase commit in a topology totally unsuited to the premises of it, the
> proponents of interchangeable vocabularies have led us to a dead end of design, the misguided
> products of which provide an unconscionable occasion of fraud.
> Adamant on this topic, with depressingly much evidence to back me up,
> Walter Perry
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