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ASTM--December Missive

Posted By Victor Hertz, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

It’s the time of year for gift-giving, and so I present, in the spirit of the holidays, a gift which will keep on giving: the next (and I hope final) ASTM ballot on our language company foundation standard.

The voting on this last ballot of 2017 begins on December 13, so please be sure to participate.

This ballot, as I mentioned in my November note, focuses on outstanding negative votes. The F43 drafting committee has reviewed and responded to the feedback provided by voting members. Now, per ASTM procedure, those responses must be ratified by voting members via ballot.

In effect the three remaining negatives need to be found Non-Persuasive.

Read the ballot carefully and the well-reasoned responses of the drafting committee and then cast your vote (if you agree with me) to find the negative comments Non-Persuasive.

A brief note on voting, since some of the terminology in use can be confusing: Please be aware that if you do find the comments Non-Persuasive, you should cast an Affirmative vote. A Negative vote denotes agreement with the dissenting arguments. In other words, Affirmative votes will move the standard toward publication, whereas Negative votes will not.

Once we pass this stage of voting, the standard can be adopted in full, just in time for 2018. I am excited by the prospect of officially publishing the standard (at long last!), and encouraged by the thoughtful discourse and suggestions offered by many of you.

Your contributions have been invaluable throughout this process.

I appreciate your continued support.

On a related note, I’d like to invite you to attend the ALC UnConference in Amelia Island, Florida! We will be holding an ASTM meeting on January 25, 2018 from 1pm to 5pm (Eastern time).

If you can’t make the meeting in person you can access the proceedings remotely via WebEx or Zoom.

Of course, if you have any questions regarding your eligibility and/or details of the ballot, I encourage you to get in touch with me by email at

Finally, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Respectfully submitted,

Victor Hertz
Accredited Language Services


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