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June 12, 2009



Looking at Bowne's latest interactive filings, from the link you provided, the footnotes don't appear to render on the SEC's engine - I see lots of tags and code. I noticed this with our package as well when we used the IDEA Previewer. However, using the Bowne Viewer, everything looks good (looks like HTML financial footnotes).

Any idea why? Should it be a concern when submitting XBRL files to SEC, or are the footnotes supposed to render like this?


Jeff - It might be browser dependent. The block tagged footnotes are submitted to EDGAR in "escaped HTML" format. The content needs to be un-escaped then presented to the browser for rendering. For the SEC's viewer IE seems to work best. My Firefox browser looks exactly the way you describe. Bowne's viewer does a nice job in either browser.

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