Research highlight : HOL-Z 2.0: A PROOF ENVIRONMENT FOR Z-SPECIFICATIONS.

HOL-Z 2.0: A PROOF ENVIRONMENT FOR Z-SPECIFICATIONS. 8 July 2003

Achim D. Brucker and Frank Rittinger and Burkhart Wolff. HOL-Z 2.0: A Proof Environment for Z-Specifications. In Journal of Universal Computer Science, 9 (2), pages 152-172, 2003.

We present a new proof environment for the specification language Z. The basis is a semantic representation of Z in a structure-preserving, shallow embedding in Isabelle/HOL. On top of the embedding, new proof support for the Z schema calculus and for proof structuring are developed. Thus, we integrate Z into a well-known and trusted theorem prover with advanced deduction technology such as higher-order rewriting, tableaux-based provers and arithmetic decision procedures. A further achievement of this work is the integration of our embedding into a new tool-chain providing a Z-oriented type checker, documentation facilities and macro support for refinement proofs; as a result, the gap has been closed between a logical embedding proven correct and a tool suited for applications of non-trivial size.