The proposal would require the use of Inline XBRL, which has the potential to benefit investors and other market participants while decreasing over time the cost of preparing information for submission to the SEC. The proposal grows out of the SEC’s disclosure modernization initiative. Inline XBRL allows filers to embed XBRL data directly into their filings instead of as attachments, reducing the likelihood of inconsistencies.
Inline XBRL would give the preparer full control over the presentation of XBRL disclosures within the HTML filing. In addition, tools like the open-source Inline XBRL viewer on SEC.gov can be used to review the XBRL data more efficiently, which benefits investors. Under the proposal, requirements for operating company financial statements would be phased in over a three-year period.