If U.S. regulators want to see how they could wisely, successfully integrate XBRL technology into financial reporting, they might benefit from a visit to the Netherlands.

While the United States—and Japan, and numerous other countries around the world—envisions XBRL as a way to bring more information to investors, Holland is taking a very different approach to the technology. There, regulators have focused on how XBRL can reduce the regulatory and paperwork burden for businesses. Enthusiasts say that is much more likely to garner the corporate support necessary to make XBRL thrive.

XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is a technology that lets ...