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This document describes the processes whereby entries may be added to, changed, or removed from the XBRL International Link Role Registry. The Link Role Registry is an online listing of XLink role and arc role attribute values that have been identified as potentially having wide utility. The Registry contains structured information about their purpose, usage and any intended impact on XBRL instance validation.
This document is an update to version 1.0 of the Link Role Registry, separating the structure of the registry itself from the definition of the process.
1.1 Relationship to other work
1.4 Document conventions
1.4.1 Typographic conventions
188.8.131.52 Definition notation
184.108.40.206 Footnote notation
220.127.116.11 Element and attribute notation
1.4.2 Formatting conventions
2 Update Process
2.1 Steps to achieve Acknowledged status
2.2 Steps to achieve RECOMMENDATION status
2.3 Withdrawing a Role
2.4 Rescinding a RECOMMENDED Role
abstract element, bind, concept, concrete element, context, Discoverable Taxonomy Set (DTS), duplicate items, duplicate tuples, element, entity, equal, essence concept, fact, instance, item, least common ancestor, linkbase, period, taxonomy, tuple, unit, taxonomy schema, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, uncle, ancestor, XBRL instance, c-equal, p-equal, s-equal, u-equal, v-equal, x-equal, minimally conforming XBRL processor, fully conforming XBRL processor and any other terms not specifically defined elsewhere in this document but which are used and defined in the XBRL 2.1 specification.
XBRL provides a set of standard roles and arc roles (hereinafter generally referred to as "roles") that may appear in XBRL instances and linkbases. These include those specified in [XBRL 2.1], [DIMENSIONS] and any additional modules that are XBRL RECOMMENDATIONs. As XBRL applications emerge, new, non-standard roles having common and useful semantics are peing proposed. The goal of the XBRL Link Role Registry LRR is to be a public, online data set that documents these non-standard roles and their usage. Additions and other changes to the LRR, like other XBRL International work products, are processeed through a series of steps detailed in this document. The goal is to maximise the utility and longevity of the new roles and the taxonomies that use them.
The processes in this document are partially modelled on those in [TECH-WG-PROCESSES]
The key words MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHALL, SHALL NOT, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY, and OPTIONAL, in this specification, are to be interpreted as described in [IETF RFC 2119].
abstract element, bind, concept, concrete element, context, Discoverable Taxonomy Set (DTS), duplicate items, duplicate tuples, element, entity, equal, essence concept, fact, instance, item, least common ancestor, linkbase, period, taxonomy, tuple, unit, taxonomy schema, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, uncle, ancestor, XBRL instance, c-equal, p-equal, s-equal, u-equal, v-equal, x-equal, minimally conforming XBRL processor, fully conforming XBRL processor and any other terms not specifically defined elsewhere in this document but which are used and defined in the XBRL 2.1 specification. are as defined by [XBRL 2.1] .
BPB refers to the XBRL International Best Practices Board .
ISC refers to the XBRL International Steering Committee .
SIPWG refers to the Software interoperability Practice Working Group set up by the BPB.
SWG refers to the XBRL International Base Specification and Maintenance Working Group .
TAPWG refers to the Taxonomy Architecture Practice Working Group set up by the BPB.
TRTF refers to the Taxonomy Review Task Force set up by the XSB.
XSB refers to the XBRL International Standards Board .
The official language of XBRL International's own work products is English and the preferred spelling convention is UK English.
All documentation supporting a role MUST be provided in English, and MAY be provided in additional languages.
Comments which are informative, but not essential to the understanding of the point at hand, are provided in footnotes. All footnotes are non-normative.
When referring to a specific element, it will be identified by
its namespace prefix and local name. For example, the root
element for a specification container element would be referred to as
Attributes are also identified by their local name and, where
appropriate, their namespace prefix. Attributes are
distinguished from elements by prefixing them by an
refers to the attribute with the name
When referring to any attribute, so long as it has a specific
namespace, the local name is replaced by an asterisk (
Thus, the notation
@xml:* specifies any attribute
in the namespace
The following highlighting is used for normative technical material in this document:
Text of the normative example.
The following highlighting is used for non-normative examples in this document:
Text of the helpful example.
Next paragraph of the helpful example.
Example 3 shows the formatting for non-normative examples of poor, discouraged or disallowed usage.
The example itself.
The process by which an entry is added to the LRR is described below. This is modelled on [TECH-WG-PROCESSES] but is shortened to reflect the fact that the nature of an LRR entry is significantly less pervasive than that of a specification or other work product that is the usual output of a Working Group.
In addition a "fast track" process is provided whereby roles that do not necessarily have general applicability (and so are unlikely to qualify for RECOMMENDED status) can nevertheless be included in the LRR as "Acknowledged".
The process starts when the submitter creates a submission containing all of the information needed (as specified in [LRR STRUCTURE]) and requests the LRRAG to enter it into the LRR. The submitter MUST indicate whether they are seeking Acknowledged or RECOMMENDATION status. If they are seeking Acknowledged status then the subsequent steps are as detailed in Section 2.1, if they are seeking RECOMMENDATION status then the subsequent steps are as detailed in Section 2.2.
Submitters should note that the initial status of their submission MUST be "PROPOSED" (see [LRR STRUCTURE]).
A "fast track" process is provided to facilitate the inclusion of a role in the LRR which may not have general applicability but which the submitter would, nevertheless, like to have documented in a publicly accessible fashion. A role that successfully follows this "fast track" process will have an ending status of "ACK". As such it does not carry the same normative weight as a role with "REC" status.
A role that follows this track will have a status that is normative to the extent documented in Section 4 ("Normative Status of Roles in the LRR and Software") of [LRR STRUCTURE]. Thus the process is, necessarily, considerably more rigorous than a role that follows the"fast track" process leading to "Acknowledged status".
The process by which an entry may be updated in the LRR is analogous. If errata are discovered in any roles with "REC" status then a new version of the role will be entered into the registry following the same process as that used for errata corrections to the specification itself. The effective date of the errata corrected version will be later than that of the original and will thus supersede it.
Unless a role has the status of "REC" it may be withdrawn from the LRR at any time upon request of the original submitter. Such request MUST be made to the LRRAG by e-mail to the address published at http://www.xbrl.org/lrr.
A role with the status "REC" MAY NOT be withdrawn in this manner but MUST follow the process in Section 2.4 for rescinding a RECOMMENDED role.
The process of rescinding a role is not defined. If a situation arises whereby it becomes necessary to do so it will be defined following the model of [TECH-WG-PROCESSES].
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This document could not have been written without the contributions of many people including the participants in the Link Role Registry Approval Group.
|22 July 2008||Hugh Wallis||
Split the LRR process documentation from the original RECOMMENDATION that included both the specification and the process by which entries were approved.
Converted to use the S4S publishing format.
Added other stati for entries so as to allow for a less rigorous approval processes to be applied to those entries that are not intended to carry the same normative status as those defined in XBRL RECOMMENDATIONS.
|25 July 2008||Walter Hamscher||
Added definition of referee and corrected bibliography entries.
|28 July 2008||Walter Hamscher||
Deleted comments and unwanted paragraph about specification defined roles.
|29 July 2008||Walter Hamscher||
Changed "SUB" to "PROPOSED"
Added SIPWG to Referee definition
|30 July 2008||Hugh Wallis||
Editorial for publication as REC
|30 July 2008||Walter Hamscher||
Added figures. The text remains normative and figures are marked non-normative.
This appendix contains a list of the errata that have been incorporated into this document. This represents all those errata corrections that have been approved by the XBRL International Link Role Registry Approval Group up to and including 31 July 2008. Hyperlinks to relevant e-mail threads may only be followed by those who have access to the relevant mailing lists. Access to internal XBRL mailing lists is restricted to members of XBRL International Inc.
No errata have been incorporated into this document.