As a degenerate case, note that is COLA for any window, while no window transform is except the zero window. (since it would have to be zero at dc, and we do not consider such windows). Did the theory break down for ?
Intuitively, the condition on the window transform ensures that all nonzero multiples of the time-domain-frame-rate will be zeroed out over the interval along the frequency axis. When the frame-rate equals the sampling rate ( ), there are no frame-rate multiples in the range . (The range gives the same result.) When , there is exactly one frame-rate multiple at . When , there are two at . When , they are at and , and so on.
We can cleanly handle the special case of by defining all functions over the unit circle as being when there are no frame-rate multiples in the range . Thus, a discrete-time spectrum is said to be if , for all , where (the ``floor function'') denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to .