Technical Report CS0232

Title: Characterlzing Specification Languages which Admit Initiat Semantics
Authors: B. Mahr and J.A. Makowsky
Abstract: The paper proposes a unified approach to study and compare specification techniques and languages. It devides into two parts: (1) A general notion of specification language is given which provides an axiomatic framework for the various known specification techniques. (2) Algebraic specification languages which admit initial semantics are characterized up to equivalence. They are shown to be exactly the implicational languages.
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