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Subject: Re: Question about combinatorial extension

Rich - the simplest analogy I can think of, is this.

I can write 1 word document with 2 paragraphs. Where the document describes a concept with two related aspects described in the document.


I can write 2 word documents, with 1 paragraph each. Where each document describes a separate concept entirely.

Your example below suggests the 2 extensions are completely unrelated to each other. In that case, it would make sense to write 2 separate documents (1 for each extension).

For examples, where authors want to publish related content as a single extension -> I propose that STIX extension should give authors the *option* to write the 1 document with 2 paragraphs *if* they want to. 

And we should not force them to write 2 separate documents.


On Oct 7, 2020, at 8:20 AM, Rich Piazza <rpiazza@mitre.org> wrote:

Hi Alan,
I didnât want to belabor the point on the call yesterday, but I wanted to check my understanding of the combinatorial extension.
Letâs assume that we have two extensions defined (similar to the spec examples):
I introduced new ids, so as not to confuse it with other extension examples.
  âidâ: âstix-extension--9994a318-2a81-4b04-a79a-7c515cfae643â,
  "type": "stix-extension",
  âspec_versionâ: â2.1â,
  "name": "Extension My Favorite SDO",
  "description": "This schema adds a new object my-favorite-sdo",
  "created_by": "identity--uuid1",
  "version": "1.2.1",
  âextension_typesâ: [ ânew_sdoâ ]
  âidâ: âstix-extension--29c8ae7a-6779-40dd-92e5-0806cb61a6faâ,
  "type": "stix-extension",
  âspec_versionâ: â2.1â,
  "name": "Extension Foo",
  "description": "This schema adds rank and toxicityâ
  "created_by": "identity--uuid1",
  "version": "1.2.1",
  âextension_typesâ: [ âextends_subcompâ ]
Using these extensions, Iâm not sure what would change in your instance on page 221, except the indicator would be using the extension stix-extension--29c8ae7a-6779-40dd-92e5-0806cb61a6fa instead of the combinatorial extension that included both extension types (stix-extension--a932fcc6-e032-176c-126f-cb970a5a1fff).
So what is the advantage of the combinatorial extension?  What am I missing?

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