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Visualizing Z notation in HTML documents

Ciancarini, P.; Mascolo, C.; Vitali, F.; (1998) Visualizing Z notation in HTML documents. In: Bowen, J. and Fett, A. and Hinchey, M., (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Z Formal Method (ZUM). (pp. pp. 81-95). Springer Verlag Green open access

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Abstract

The use of the WWW as a communication medium for software engineers is limited by the lack of tools for writing, sharing, and verifying formal notations. For instance, the Z specification language has a a rich set of mathematical characters, and requires graphic-rich boxes and schemas for its specifications. It is difficult to integrate Z specifications and text on WWW pages written with the current versions of HTML, and traditional tools are not suited for the task. We present a Java-based tool for rendering Z specifications within HTML documents that can be shown on every WWW browser with Java capabilities. Being a complete rendering engine, text parts and Z specifications can be freely intermixed, and all the standard features of HTML (such as links, etc.) are available outside and inside Z specifications. Furthermore, the extensibility of our engine allows additional notations to be supported and integrated with current ones.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Visualizing Z notation in HTML documents
ISBN: 3540650709
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=arti...
Language: English
Additional information: The original publication is available at: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&issn=0302-9743&volume=1493&spage=81
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/938
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