Building Formal Method Tools in the Isabelle/Isar Framework

  • Makarius Wenzel
  • Burkhart Wolff
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4732)


We present the generic system framework of Isabelle/Isar underlying recent versions of Isabelle. Among other things, Isar provides an infrastructure for Isabelle plug-ins, comprising extensible state components and extensible syntax that can be bound to tactical ML programs. Thus the Isabelle/Isar architecture may be understood as an extension and refinement of the traditional “LCF approach”, with explicit infrastructure for building derivative systems. To demonstrate the technical potential of the framework, we apply it to a concrete formal methods tool: the HOL-Z 3.0 environment, which is geared towards the analysis of Z specifications and formal proof of forward-refinements.


Context Data Proof Obligation Proof General Concrete Syntax Logical Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Makarius Wenzel
    • 1
  • Burkhart Wolff
    • 2
  1. 1.Technische Universität München, Institut für Informatik 
  2. 2.ETH Zürich, Information Security 

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