Germany just announced that their vote for Open XML will be “YES with comments”. The INCITS Executive Board in the US has approved a ballot for consideration that is “YES with comments“ and a vote will be taken for this on August 22. Yet, there is an ongoing question from folks in the community as to whether or not “YES with comments“ is a viable vote if those comments are to be considered in both the ballot resolution and long-term maintenance process for a standard. This question ties into the complexity of how specifications get created, what the rules are that govern their consideration, and what commitments are made by organizations and individuals involved with their maintenance. Here is why “Yes with comments” is a valid vote:
Aside from these procedural-related elements, there are some big picture considerations for Open XML specifically.