US National Body Creates Ballot for Open XML – Yes With Comments

Well, it has been a busy week as can be expected leading up to the early September finish to the 5 month balloting period for Ecma Open XML. Today, the US National Standards body representative organization for JTC-1, the INCITS Executive Board, passed a motion to to create a formal ballot which will cast the US vote as “yes with comments.”

Doug Mahugh of Microsoft, who has been very close to these proceedings commented in his blog on this today.

Like all of the national standards bodies who are taking this standard into consideration, each step is just one more element in a long, deliberate, and thorough process. Throughout August there will be formal balloting and discussion time periods that will all build towards the final US vote later this summer. I think it is very healthy that all comments (both “processed” and “unprocesed”) will be included with the yes vote. It is important that all feedback is part of the process and that as the specification moves into maitenance, the working group has the opportunity to consider all issues.

This development is obviously a positive one in favor of seeing Ecma Open XML adopted as an ISO/IEC standard, but just like my post from earlier today about South Africa, this is not a definitive event. More disucssion and deliberation will happen. All parties will continue to press their points and seek to acheive their goals. It is most certainly going to be an active few weeks heading through August and into September. Even then, the ballot resolution process is likely to push out into next year.  


Comments (8)

  1. Doug Mahugh has another update on what’s going on with the US review of the Open XML standard. They’ve

  2. Doug Mahugh has another update on what's going on with the US review of the Open XML standard. They've

  3. Chris Clark says:


    The BSI and JTC1 read the rulebooks and disagreed with Doug Mahugh and the whole Microsoft interpretation of ‘approve with comments’.  Also, it’s a motion, not a result.

    JTC Rules are:  Conditional approval should be submitted as a disapproval vote"

    So, if Incits votes "approve with the condition that this comments be impacted in DIS 29500" they should vote "disapprove with comments" according to this note.

    Alex Brown of BS said:

    "Comments may accompany a "yes" vote, as you note, but my reading of this is that "editorial or other" comments excludes "technical" comments; hence the qualification that yes means "approval of the technical content".


  4. jasonmatusow says:

    Hi Chris – I did not comment on anything other than what happened in this blog posting. In fact, I was explicit that this was not a vote, it was the creation of the formal ballot.

    As for yes with comments – that is a decision for the INCITS executive board to decide how to vote. You are right that no with comments provides the conditinal opportunity to alter the vote to a positive during the ballot resolution process. But, like most things at the international standards level, certain things are left ambiguous in the rules and you see national bodies all over the world deciding on the approach that will work best for them within the contsruct of the rules for JTC-1.

    Alex is a sharp guy who understands what he is about. Yes is a yes. The comments should be considered by the maitenance body if they are concientious about their work moving forward.



  5. I just saw this come through in email, and would point you to Doug Mahugh’s blog that the US V1 technical