Washington — Some of the biggest U.S. companies will have to file their financial results next year with digital tags aimed at making it easier for investors to analyze the data, under a proposal put forward by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

About 500 of the largest public companies would begin filing their financial data in XBRL (extensible business reporting language) in early 2009 as part of the SEC's proposed timetable.

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