DRAFT EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification (Version 1)
Implementation Date: December 13, 2010
This DRAFT EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification (Version 1), posted before Commission approval of potential regulatory changes in this release, is provided as a service to our filing community to assist filers, agents, and software developers in their preparation of responses to potential changes the staff anticipates. Since this is a draft specification, the SEC retains the right to change any part of the specification before the new system release is made final. In addition, the final EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification is subject to Commission approval and may be revised before approval or not approved at all. Similarly, the posting of the DRAFT EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification (Version 1) does not indicate Commission approval of any pending proposed changes relating to the potential changes reflected in the draft specification. The changes outlined in this draft specification, if approved, are scheduled to take effect on December 13, 2010. The final version of the specification will be made available if approved by the Commission on or about December 13, 2010 on the SEC's Public Website.
The EDGAR system will be upgraded to Release 10.4 on December 13, 2010 and will introduce a new EDGARLink Online Application (EDGARLink Online) to allow filers to submit EDGARLink submission form types online, without the use of the offline EDGARLink Tool. EDGARLink Online can be accessed by selecting the “EDGARLink Online Submissions” from the EDGAR Filing website (https://www.edgarfiling.sec.gov) or by clicking the “Are you an EDGARLink filer or would you like to create a new Asset-Backed Securities Issuing Entity?” link from the EDGAR Portal Web site (http://www.portal.edgarfiling.sec.gov). The existing offline EDGARLink Tool and the associated Templates 1-6 will continue to be available for a period of time to allow filers to become familiar with the new EDGARLink Online Application. A new chapter 8, “Preparing and Transmitting EDGARLink Online Submissions”, has been added to Volume II of the EDGAR Filer Manual to guide filers through the filing process using the new tool.
The EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification (Version 1) provides, to those filers that are interested, a basis for creating EDGARLink Online submissions without the use of the EDGARLink Online Application. The expectation is that software developers, working on behalf of filers, will be able to construct software that will generate an EDGARLink Online submission that can be successfully processed by the EDGAR system.
The following Draft EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification documents detail the valid structure and content of the EDGARLink Online submission types.