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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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      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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            Affiliations
            Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

            Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK
            Conference
            July 1997
            July 1997
            : 1-15
            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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