The unique identifier for a record that holds the balance relating to any single asset, liability, owner's equity, revenue, or expense of the business.

account dimension

In a dimension-based system, the dimension that describes the type of account, for example, asset, liability, revenue, expense, or retained earnings.

account modifier

An operator that is used in a row definition to offset the reporting period or year for a specific row.

additional text

Customised text that is specific to a reporting unit. Additional text is a special form of auto text.

alphanumeric characters

A combination of alphabetical and numeric characters, usually used to refer to a code, such as a report name, row code, or row description.

ampersand character (&)

A special character that is used to identify which dimensions or segments in a chart of accounts should be selected when you use the Insert Rows from Dimension function. This default selection is the natural account, but any combination of account and dimensions can be selected.

apply date

The effective posting date of a transaction in dimensions. The apply date determines which financial data accounting period includes a transaction.

attribute category

A classification of the dimension values that additionally defines transaction data in an attribute column.

attribute filter

In a column definition, the list of attributes that limit the data that is available for a report.


Financial and non-financial information that is in a financial data source database. Management Reporter supports two types of attributes: account-based and transaction-based.

auto text

Text that is updated every time that a report is generated in Management Reporter. Auto text can be used in report headers and footers, in row descriptions, and in column headers.

base period

The reporting period specified in a report definition. The column definition can refer to the base period to specify report columns for relative time periods. For example, if the column definition specifies BASEin the Periodcell, then the actual period is defined when the report is generated.

base row

The format code Baserowidentifies the row to use as the base row for any percentage calculations. This base row remains in effect until another Baserowformat code is used in the same row definition.

beginning balances

The opening balances for a period or a year.

book code modifier

A modifier in a row definition that limits a row to a specific financial data source book code.

building block

A component that is used to build a report, such as a row definition, a column definition, a reporting tree definition, or a report definition. Each report in Management Reporter can have its own set of building blocks, or several Management Reporter reports can share the same building blocks.

building block group

A group of row definitions, column definitions, reporting tree definitions, and report definitions. Each Management Reporter company can have its own building block group, or several Management Reporter companies can share the same building block group.

child unit

A unit in a reporting tree that is a subsidiary to a higher-level unit called a parent unit. Data can be rolled up from child units to parent units to create summary reports.

column definition

The specified headings in report columns and of the codes that define the type of information in a column, such as reporting periods to display data from the source system and calculations on the data in other columns.

column period offset (/CPO)

A switch used in a row definition when linking to Excel worksheets. If the worksheet contains multiple columns that represent different periods, the /CPO switch matches the accounting periods in the column definition with the appropriate columns in the worksheet.


A data provider that is the source of financial information for reports. A default company, which is the company whose information is being used to create a report, must be specified. Additional companies can be defined as needed.

default company

The company currently selected for processing. The company description appears in the status bar. Set the default company in the Companiesdialogue box.

default printer

The printer selected in the Printer Setupdialogue box as the default printer. When no other printer is specified, print jobs are sent to the default printer.

demote reporting unit

To move a reporting unit lower in the hierarchy of a reporting tree definition.

detail level

A selection in the report definition that refers to the level of detail in a report.

detail unit

A reporting unit that draws information directly from the financial data.


A reporting unit that draws information directly from the financial data. It defines the logical positioning and lengths for the account and related segments.

dimension filter

In a column definition, the specification of one or more segment or dimension values to restrict a column to specific financial data accounts.

dimension set

A named group of accounts that can be used in multiple row definitions.

dimension value

A unique identifier for a dimension. The length of a dimension value is variable. The values for a dimension can have different numbers of characters. For example, a division dimension might have the values Atlanta and Beijing.

document date

The date that is assigned to a transaction document, such as an invoice. Often, the document date is the date when the document is entered into the dimensions.

Drill down

Action taken from the account level to see the transaction level in Management Reporter.

Drill to Dynamics


An XML element, or a "fact" or piece of information that is described by this taxonomy. For example, the name "nonCurrentAssets.propertyPlantAndEquipmentNet" is an element.


An object, such as a customer, item, or employee that shares a set of defined attributes or characteristics, and that is used to manage rules for data.

entry date

The date when a record is entered into dimensions. The default entry date is the system date and cannot be modified.

financial data

A ledger of accounts that are reported in the financial statements. Posting a transaction updates the accounts in the financial data.

format code

A code that controls the appearance of a row in a generated report. Each row is interpreted as a dimension detail row unless the Format Codecell in the row definition contains a format code.

format override

A group of codes used in row definitions and calculations that defines how monetary amounts are shown on reports. The override controls the symbols and placement of decimals and thousands separators in addition to the presence or absence of currency symbols and leading or trailing zeros.

fully-qualified account

A unique identifier that includes a value for each defined segment in a fully-qualified-account-based system.

functional currency

The primary currency that a company typically used to conduct business transactions. It is also known as home currency or base currency.

instance document

Contains the financial data and XBRL taxonomy information of a report in a .xml format.


Connects a row definition to an Excel spreadsheet in Management Reporter.

natural segment

A segment of a general ledger account code that corresponds to the type of account, for example, cash, sales, or travel expense.

originating currency

The currency in which a transaction, such as an invoice, was conducted. The originating currency may be different from the functional currency.

parent unit

A unit in a reporting tree that has subsidiary, or child, units. Data from child units can be rolled up to parent units to create summary reports.


A unit of time, such as a month, quarter, or year, that financial statements, such as income statements, are prepared. At the end of each accounting period, all financial data accounts must balance. Accounting periods are defined in the financial data.


The act of transferring financial transactions that are entered in journals and subledgers to dimensions in order to update account balances.

Posting updates accounts that are tracked in dimensions with financial data that is entered in other areas, such as stock and accounts payable, in addition to financial data.

print control

An option in a column definition that enables special printing characteristics, such as nonprinting and reversed credit and debit signs, when reports are generated.

promote reporting unit

To move a reporting unit up in the hierarchy of a reporting tree definition.

provisional reporting

The provisional reporting options in a report definition determine whether Management Reporter includes posted, unposted, or both posted and unposted financial data transactions in a report. Posted transactions include activity from other modules, such as accounts receivable and accounts payable, in which a financial data update has been run.

regional options

The settings that determine the currency symbol and formatting of amounts for a company. The settings are determined by the Microsoft Windows operating system.

report definition

The parameters that are set up to generate reports. The report definition names the row definition, column definition, and optional reporting tree definition that are combined to create a financial report. The report definition also specifies the base period and year, report output destination, and other report-wide settings.

report group

A group of report definitions that can be used to generate multiple reports at the same time.

report library

The top-level folder where Management Reporter stores generated reports.

report output location

The specified the destination of a generated report. When a report is generated, it is automatically saved in this location.

report wizard

The Management Reporter tool that is used to create a basic report.

reporting currency

A currency for financial reporting. This is typically the currency of the parent company.

reporting tree

A visual representation of an organisation's structure that shows levels in the corporate hierarchy, such as companies, divisions, departments, projects, and tasks.

reporting unit

A reporting tree level that represents an individual department that draws data directly from the financial data or a summary unit. By using multiple reporting trees, you can create various financial reports without affecting the financial data.

responsibility segment

The segment or dimension of the financial data account identifier that refer to the overall organisation of an company. Examples are departments, divisions, projects, and tasks.

row code

An alphanumeric code that identifies a row in a row definition.

row definition

The specified text and amounts in report rows.

row modifier

The row cell that overrides the accounting years, periods, and other information that is specified in the column definition for that row. The selected modifier applies to every account in the row

row period offset (/RPO)

A switch used in a row definition when linking to Excel worksheets. If the worksheet contains multiple rows that represent different periods, the /RPO switch matches the accounting periods in the column definition with the appropriate rows in the worksheet.


A category for storing financial data. For example, you might have natural, division, and department dimensions. See also dimension .

segment value

A unique identifier for a segment. The length of a segment value is fixed. All values for a segment contain the same number of characters. For example, a division segment might have values 1100 and 1200.

summary unit

A reporting unit that summarises data from lower-level units. The lower-level units can be either detail units or other summary units.


A classification of words, labels, and tags into groups based on similarities.


In general, a business event that can be measured in currency and can be entered in accounting records.


A measurement that specifies in what quantity a product will be sold.

wildcard character (?, *)

A special character or placeholder that represents one or more possible characters. For example, the asterisk (*) is a wildcard character in a dimension-based system.

XBRL eXtensible Business Reporting Language

An XML language for the electronic communication of business and financial data.


eXtended Character Recognition print code that is used in a row definition to reverse signs of calculations.


A markup language to describe and exchange structured data in a format that is independent of operating systems and applications. XML is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification and is a subset of Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML).


OpenXPS is an open specification for a page description language and a fixed-document format originally developed by Microsoft as XML Paper Specification (XPS). XPS uses XML markup to define the layout and visual appearance of each page of a document, together with rules for distributing, archiving, rendering, processing, and printing the documents. Like .pdf format, it provides device-independent document appearance. XPS is supported on several versions of Windows.