I’ve heard several reports of supporters of OOXML trying to get national standards bodies to change their votes from “NO with comments” to “YES with comments” because “it’s the same thing.” The logic, which I’ll explain in a later post, is that any comments will trigger a ballot resolution meeting, so there is no need to be so negative and vote NO.
This is ridiculous.
The mathematics of the voting process very much differentiates between YES and NO votes. Submit comments, please, pointing out the technical issues of why OOXML should not become a JTC1 (ISO/IEC) standard, but also vote NO to confirm your statement and intent. This is very important.
It’s amazing that anyone could even suggest that “since you want to reject it, you should vote for it,” but such is what we’re dealing with.
It would be hard to make this stuff up. By all means vote “no with comments” but do not vote yes in any form if you expect changes to be made.