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      Using Graphical Icons to Build Z Specifications

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      Proceedings of the 2nd BCS-FACS Northern Formal Methods (FM)

      Northern Formal Methods

      14-15 July 1997

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          Abstract

          The Z specification language is now widely taught in universities [1]. However, many novices find that, although they may understand specifications written by other people, they are unable to produce their own, satisfactorily. One of the reasons is the lack of suitable tools for these novices to learn Z systematically. Another is the mathematical nature of the syntax of the language. The same problems can be found when one considers the poor 𥀜take up𥀝 of formal methods in industry.

          This paper describes a new tool called VisualiZer which can allow users to write Z specifications by creating and manipulating visual entities without worrying about the possibly, daunting, mathematical symbols. Furthermore, in order to help users’ understanding of the concepts behind Z, the tool is designed around an environment with graphical on-line help facilities to guide users through the process of building correct and complete Z specifications in a methodical way.

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                Author and article information

                Conference
                July 1997
                July 1997
                : 1-15
                Affiliations
                Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

                Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/FA1997.18
                © Chih Nam Yap et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of the 2nd BCS-FACS Northern Formal Methods Workshop, Ilkley

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of the 2nd BCS-FACS Northern Formal Methods
                FM
                2
                Ilkley
                14-15 July 1997
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Northern Formal Methods
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                Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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