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Updated EDGAR XFDL Technical Specification (Version 2)

Effective Date: November 7, 2005

The EDGAR XFDL Technical Specification has been updated to Version 2. The specification provides, to those filers that are interested, a basis for creating XFDL filings without the use of the EDGARLink tool. Changes to the specification were made primarily to support the amended rules and forms adopted by the Commission to address 1) the use of Form S-8, Form 8-K, and Form 20-F by shell companies; and 2) the changes necessary to support the Securities Offering Reform, which will modify and advance significantly the registration, communications, and offering processes under the Securities Act of 1933.

A summary of the changes are as follows (please refer to the appendices that appear in the XFDL specification for details):

Template 1

  1. The following additional submission types are allowed in the SubTable_submissionType_ field and the SubOffset_offsetForm_ field:

    S-3ASR, F-3ASR, POSASR, 424B1, 424B2, 424B3, 424B4, 424B5, 424B7, 424B8

  2. In order to support a new fee payment plan option for Well-Known Seasoned Issuers, the new SubOffering_typeOfPayment_ field is allowed for the following submission types:

    S-3ASR, F-3ASR, POSASR, 424B1, 424B2, 424B3, 424B4, 424B5, 424B7, 424B8

  3. In order to support fee-bearing takedowns, the new SubTable_feeTableInProspectusFlag_ field is allowed by Well-Known Seasoned Issuers for the following submission types:

    424B1, 424B2, 424B3, 424B4, 424B5, 424B7, 424B8

Template 2

  1. The following additional submission type is allowed in the SubTable_submissionType_ field:

    FWP

  2. The following additional submission types are allowed in the SubOffset_offsetForm_ field:

    S-3ASR, F-3ASR, POSASR, 424B1, 424B2, 424B3, 424B4, 424B5, 424B7, 424B8

  3. In order to specify that a filing is covered by Rule 163, the new SubTable_rule163Flag_ field is allowed for the following submission types:

    FWP, 425

  4. In order to specify that a filing is covered by Rule 433, the new SubTable_rule433Flag_ field is allowed for the following submission types:

    FWP, 425

  5. In order to specify that a filing is the first filing for an Issuing Entity, the new SubTable_firstFilingIssuingEntityFlag_ field and the SubTable_depositorCik_ and SubTable_depositorFileNumber_ fields are allowed for the following submission type:

    FWP

Template 3

  1. The following submission types were moved to Template 1 and are no longer allowed in the SubTable_submissionType_ field:

    424B1, 424B2, 424B3, 424B4, 424B5, 424B7

  2. In order to specify that a filer is a Voluntary Company or a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer, the new SubFiler_voluntaryFilerFlag_ and SubFiler_wellKnownSeasonedIssuerFlag_ fields are required for the following submission types:

    10-K, 10-K/A, 10-KT, 10-KT/A, 20-F, 20-F/A

  3. In order to specify that a filer is a Shell Company, the new SubFiler_shellCompanyFlag_ field is required for the following submission types:

    10-K, 10-K/A, 10-KT, 10-KT/A, 10KSB, 10KSB/A, 20-F, 20-F/A

  4. The following additional item is allowed in the SubItem_itemId_ field:

    5.06

There are two components to the XFDL Technical Specification. The first is the specification itself, which contains details about the release, general instructions on the templates, general rules about the XFDL file being created, and specific rules on the XFDL nodes containing data elements. It also includes information regarding the content of the appendices and some sample documents. The appendices document gives specific requirements for each form type. You may download the EDGAR XFDL Technical Specification (Version 2) by clicking the following links.

*   Download the EDGAR XFDL Technical Specification (Version 1) (PDF file)
 
*   Download the EDGAR XFDL Technical Specification Appendices (Microsoft Excel file)


http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar/xfdltechv1.htm


Modified: 11/04/2005