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(* $Id$ *)

theory HOL_Specific
imports Main
begin

chapter {* Isabelle/HOL \label{ch:hol} *}

section {* Primitive types \label{sec:hol-typedef} *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "typedecl"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "typedef"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{proof(prove)} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'typedecl' typespec infix?
    ;
    'typedef' altname? abstype '=' repset
    ;

    altname: '(' (name | 'open' | 'open' name) ')'
    ;
    abstype: typespec infix?
    ;
    repset: term ('morphisms' name name)?
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}
  
  \item [@{command (HOL) "typedecl"}~@{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>n)
  t"}] is similar to the original @{command "typedecl"} of
  Isabelle/Pure (see \secref{sec:types-pure}), but also declares type
  arity @{text "t :: (type, \<dots>, type) type"}, making @{text t} an
  actual HOL type constructor.   %FIXME check, update
  
  \item [@{command (HOL) "typedef"}~@{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>n)
  t = A"}] sets up a goal stating non-emptiness of the set @{text A}.
  After finishing the proof, the theory will be augmented by a
  Gordon/HOL-style type definition, which establishes a bijection
  between the representing set @{text A} and the new type @{text t}.
  
  Technically, @{command (HOL) "typedef"} defines both a type @{text
  t} and a set (term constant) of the same name (an alternative base
  name may be given in parentheses).  The injection from type to set
  is called @{text Rep_t}, its inverse @{text Abs_t} (this may be
  changed via an explicit @{keyword (HOL) "morphisms"} declaration).
  
  Theorems @{text Rep_t}, @{text Rep_t_inverse}, and @{text
  Abs_t_inverse} provide the most basic characterization as a
  corresponding injection/surjection pair (in both directions).  Rules
  @{text Rep_t_inject} and @{text Abs_t_inject} provide a slightly
  more convenient view on the injectivity part, suitable for automated
  proof tools (e.g.\ in @{attribute simp} or @{attribute iff}
  declarations).  Rules @{text Rep_t_cases}/@{text Rep_t_induct}, and
  @{text Abs_t_cases}/@{text Abs_t_induct} provide alternative views
  on surjectivity; these are already declared as set or type rules for
  the generic @{method cases} and @{method induct} methods.
  
  An alternative name may be specified in parentheses; the default is
  to use @{text t} as indicated before.  The ``@{text "(open)"}''
  declaration suppresses a separate constant definition for the
  representing set.

  \end{descr}

  Note that raw type declarations are rarely used in practice; the
  main application is with experimental (or even axiomatic!) theory
  fragments.  Instead of primitive HOL type definitions, user-level
  theories usually refer to higher-level packages such as @{command
  (HOL) "record"} (see \secref{sec:hol-record}) or @{command (HOL)
  "datatype"} (see \secref{sec:hol-datatype}).
*}


section {* Adhoc tuples *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{attribute (HOL) split_format}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'split\_format' (((name *) + 'and') | ('(' 'complete' ')'))
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}
  
  \item [@{attribute (HOL) split_format}~@{text "p\<^sub>1 \<dots> p\<^sub>m
  \<AND> \<dots> \<AND> q\<^sub>1 \<dots> q\<^sub>n"}] puts expressions of
  low-level tuple types into canonical form as specified by the
  arguments given; the @{text i}-th collection of arguments refers to
  occurrences in premise @{text i} of the rule.  The ``@{text
  "(complete)"}'' option causes \emph{all} arguments in function
  applications to be represented canonically according to their tuple
  type structure.

  Note that these operations tend to invent funny names for new local
  parameters to be introduced.

  \end{descr}
*}


section {* Records \label{sec:hol-record} *}

text {*
  In principle, records merely generalize the concept of tuples, where
  components may be addressed by labels instead of just position.  The
  logical infrastructure of records in Isabelle/HOL is slightly more
  advanced, though, supporting truly extensible record schemes.  This
  admits operations that are polymorphic with respect to record
  extension, yielding ``object-oriented'' effects like (single)
  inheritance.  See also \cite{NaraschewskiW-TPHOLs98} for more
  details on object-oriented verification and record subtyping in HOL.
*}


subsection {* Basic concepts *}

text {*
  Isabelle/HOL supports both \emph{fixed} and \emph{schematic} records
  at the level of terms and types.  The notation is as follows:

  \begin{center}
  \begin{tabular}{l|l|l}
    & record terms & record types \\ \hline
    fixed & @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b\<rparr>"} & @{text "\<lparr>x :: A, y :: B\<rparr>"} \\
    schematic & @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b, \<dots> = m\<rparr>"} &
      @{text "\<lparr>x :: A, y :: B, \<dots> :: M\<rparr>"} \\
  \end{tabular}
  \end{center}

  \noindent The ASCII representation of @{text "\<lparr>x = a\<rparr>"} is @{text
  "(| x = a |)"}.

  A fixed record @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b\<rparr>"} has field @{text x} of value
  @{text a} and field @{text y} of value @{text b}.  The corresponding
  type is @{text "\<lparr>x :: A, y :: B\<rparr>"}, assuming that @{text "a :: A"}
  and @{text "b :: B"}.

  A record scheme like @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b, \<dots> = m\<rparr>"} contains fields
  @{text x} and @{text y} as before, but also possibly further fields
  as indicated by the ``@{text "\<dots>"}'' notation (which is actually part
  of the syntax).  The improper field ``@{text "\<dots>"}'' of a record
  scheme is called the \emph{more part}.  Logically it is just a free
  variable, which is occasionally referred to as ``row variable'' in
  the literature.  The more part of a record scheme may be
  instantiated by zero or more further components.  For example, the
  previous scheme may get instantiated to @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b, z =
  c, \<dots> = m'\<rparr>"}, where @{text m'} refers to a different more part.
  Fixed records are special instances of record schemes, where
  ``@{text "\<dots>"}'' is properly terminated by the @{text "() :: unit"}
  element.  In fact, @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b\<rparr>"} is just an abbreviation
  for @{text "\<lparr>x = a, y = b, \<dots> = ()\<rparr>"}.
  
  \medskip Two key observations make extensible records in a simply
  typed language like HOL work out:

  \begin{enumerate}

  \item the more part is internalized, as a free term or type
  variable,

  \item field names are externalized, they cannot be accessed within
  the logic as first-class values.

  \end{enumerate}

  \medskip In Isabelle/HOL record types have to be defined explicitly,
  fixing their field names and types, and their (optional) parent
  record.  Afterwards, records may be formed using above syntax, while
  obeying the canonical order of fields as given by their declaration.
  The record package provides several standard operations like
  selectors and updates.  The common setup for various generic proof
  tools enable succinct reasoning patterns.  See also the Isabelle/HOL
  tutorial \cite{isabelle-hol-book} for further instructions on using
  records in practice.
*}


subsection {* Record specifications *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "record"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'record' typespec '=' (type '+')? (constdecl +)
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "record"}~@{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>m) t
  = \<tau> + c\<^sub>1 :: \<sigma>\<^sub>1 \<dots> c\<^sub>n :: \<sigma>\<^sub>n"}] defines
  extensible record type @{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>m) t"},
  derived from the optional parent record @{text "\<tau>"} by adding new
  field components @{text "c\<^sub>i :: \<sigma>\<^sub>i"} etc.

  The type variables of @{text "\<tau>"} and @{text "\<sigma>\<^sub>i"} need to be
  covered by the (distinct) parameters @{text "\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>,
  \<alpha>\<^sub>m"}.  Type constructor @{text t} has to be new, while @{text
  \<tau>} needs to specify an instance of an existing record type.  At
  least one new field @{text "c\<^sub>i"} has to be specified.
  Basically, field names need to belong to a unique record.  This is
  not a real restriction in practice, since fields are qualified by
  the record name internally.

  The parent record specification @{text \<tau>} is optional; if omitted
  @{text t} becomes a root record.  The hierarchy of all records
  declared within a theory context forms a forest structure, i.e.\ a
  set of trees starting with a root record each.  There is no way to
  merge multiple parent records!

  For convenience, @{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>m) t"} is made a
  type abbreviation for the fixed record type @{text "\<lparr>c\<^sub>1 ::
  \<sigma>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, c\<^sub>n :: \<sigma>\<^sub>n\<rparr>"}, likewise is @{text
  "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>m, \<zeta>) t_scheme"} made an abbreviation for
  @{text "\<lparr>c\<^sub>1 :: \<sigma>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, c\<^sub>n :: \<sigma>\<^sub>n, \<dots> ::
  \<zeta>\<rparr>"}.

  \end{descr}
*}


subsection {* Record operations *}

text {*
  Any record definition of the form presented above produces certain
  standard operations.  Selectors and updates are provided for any
  field, including the improper one ``@{text more}''.  There are also
  cumulative record constructor functions.  To simplify the
  presentation below, we assume for now that @{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>,
  \<alpha>\<^sub>m) t"} is a root record with fields @{text "c\<^sub>1 ::
  \<sigma>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, c\<^sub>n :: \<sigma>\<^sub>n"}.

  \medskip \textbf{Selectors} and \textbf{updates} are available for
  any field (including ``@{text more}''):

  \begin{matharray}{lll}
    @{text "c\<^sub>i"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<lparr>\<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow> \<sigma>\<^sub>i"} \\
    @{text "c\<^sub>i_update"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<sigma>\<^sub>i \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr>"} \\
  \end{matharray}

  There is special syntax for application of updates: @{text "r\<lparr>x :=
  a\<rparr>"} abbreviates term @{text "x_update a r"}.  Further notation for
  repeated updates is also available: @{text "r\<lparr>x := a\<rparr>\<lparr>y := b\<rparr>\<lparr>z :=
  c\<rparr>"} may be written @{text "r\<lparr>x := a, y := b, z := c\<rparr>"}.  Note that
  because of postfix notation the order of fields shown here is
  reverse than in the actual term.  Since repeated updates are just
  function applications, fields may be freely permuted in @{text "\<lparr>x
  := a, y := b, z := c\<rparr>"}, as far as logical equality is concerned.
  Thus commutativity of independent updates can be proven within the
  logic for any two fields, but not as a general theorem.

  \medskip The \textbf{make} operation provides a cumulative record
  constructor function:

  \begin{matharray}{lll}
    @{text "t.make"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<sigma>\<^sub>1 \<Rightarrow> \<dots> \<sigma>\<^sub>n \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>\<rparr>"} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \medskip We now reconsider the case of non-root records, which are
  derived of some parent.  In general, the latter may depend on
  another parent as well, resulting in a list of \emph{ancestor
  records}.  Appending the lists of fields of all ancestors results in
  a certain field prefix.  The record package automatically takes care
  of this by lifting operations over this context of ancestor fields.
  Assuming that @{text "(\<alpha>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, \<alpha>\<^sub>m) t"} has ancestor
  fields @{text "b\<^sub>1 :: \<rho>\<^sub>1, \<dots>, b\<^sub>k :: \<rho>\<^sub>k"},
  the above record operations will get the following types:

  \medskip
  \begin{tabular}{lll}
    @{text "c\<^sub>i"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow> \<sigma>\<^sub>i"} \\
    @{text "c\<^sub>i_update"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<sigma>\<^sub>i \<Rightarrow> 
      \<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow>
      \<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr>"} \\
    @{text "t.make"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<rho>\<^sub>1 \<Rightarrow> \<dots> \<rho>\<^sub>k \<Rightarrow> \<sigma>\<^sub>1 \<Rightarrow> \<dots> \<sigma>\<^sub>n \<Rightarrow>
      \<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>\<rparr>"} \\
  \end{tabular}
  \medskip

  \noindent Some further operations address the extension aspect of a
  derived record scheme specifically: @{text "t.fields"} produces a
  record fragment consisting of exactly the new fields introduced here
  (the result may serve as a more part elsewhere); @{text "t.extend"}
  takes a fixed record and adds a given more part; @{text
  "t.truncate"} restricts a record scheme to a fixed record.

  \medskip
  \begin{tabular}{lll}
    @{text "t.fields"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<sigma>\<^sub>1 \<Rightarrow> \<dots> \<sigma>\<^sub>n \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>\<rparr>"} \\
    @{text "t.extend"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow>
      \<zeta> \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr>"} \\
    @{text "t.truncate"} & @{text "::"} & @{text "\<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>, \<dots> :: \<zeta>\<rparr> \<Rightarrow> \<lparr>\<^vec>b :: \<^vec>\<rho>, \<^vec>c :: \<^vec>\<sigma>\<rparr>"} \\
  \end{tabular}
  \medskip

  \noindent Note that @{text "t.make"} and @{text "t.fields"} coincide
  for root records.
*}


subsection {* Derived rules and proof tools *}

text {*
  The record package proves several results internally, declaring
  these facts to appropriate proof tools.  This enables users to
  reason about record structures quite conveniently.  Assume that
  @{text t} is a record type as specified above.

  \begin{enumerate}
  
  \item Standard conversions for selectors or updates applied to
  record constructor terms are made part of the default Simplifier
  context; thus proofs by reduction of basic operations merely require
  the @{method simp} method without further arguments.  These rules
  are available as @{text "t.simps"}, too.
  
  \item Selectors applied to updated records are automatically reduced
  by an internal simplification procedure, which is also part of the
  standard Simplifier setup.

  \item Inject equations of a form analogous to @{prop "(x, y) = (x',
  y') \<equiv> x = x' \<and> y = y'"} are declared to the Simplifier and Classical
  Reasoner as @{attribute iff} rules.  These rules are available as
  @{text "t.iffs"}.

  \item The introduction rule for record equality analogous to @{text
  "x r = x r' \<Longrightarrow> y r = y r' \<dots> \<Longrightarrow> r = r'"} is declared to the Simplifier,
  and as the basic rule context as ``@{attribute intro}@{text "?"}''.
  The rule is called @{text "t.equality"}.

  \item Representations of arbitrary record expressions as canonical
  constructor terms are provided both in @{method cases} and @{method
  induct} format (cf.\ the generic proof methods of the same name,
  \secref{sec:cases-induct}).  Several variations are available, for
  fixed records, record schemes, more parts etc.
  
  The generic proof methods are sufficiently smart to pick the most
  sensible rule according to the type of the indicated record
  expression: users just need to apply something like ``@{text "(cases
  r)"}'' to a certain proof problem.

  \item The derived record operations @{text "t.make"}, @{text
  "t.fields"}, @{text "t.extend"}, @{text "t.truncate"} are \emph{not}
  treated automatically, but usually need to be expanded by hand,
  using the collective fact @{text "t.defs"}.

  \end{enumerate}
*}


section {* Datatypes \label{sec:hol-datatype} *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "datatype"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
  @{command_def (HOL) "rep_datatype"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{proof} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'datatype' (dtspec + 'and')
    ;
    'rep\_datatype' ('(' (name +) ')')? (term +)
    ;

    dtspec: parname? typespec infix? '=' (cons + '|')
    ;
    cons: name (type *) mixfix?
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "datatype"}] defines inductive datatypes in
  HOL.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "rep_datatype"}] represents existing types as
  inductive ones, generating the standard infrastructure of derived
  concepts (primitive recursion etc.).

  \end{descr}

  The induction and exhaustion theorems generated provide case names
  according to the constructors involved, while parameters are named
  after the types (see also \secref{sec:cases-induct}).

  See \cite{isabelle-HOL} for more details on datatypes, but beware of
  the old-style theory syntax being used there!  Apart from proper
  proof methods for case-analysis and induction, there are also
  emulations of ML tactics @{method (HOL) case_tac} and @{method (HOL)
  induct_tac} available, see \secref{sec:hol-induct-tac}; these admit
  to refer directly to the internal structure of subgoals (including
  internally bound parameters).
*}


section {* Recursive functions \label{sec:recursion} *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "primrec"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "fun"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "function"} & : & \isartrans{local{\dsh}theory}{proof(prove)} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "termination"} & : & \isartrans{local{\dsh}theory}{proof(prove)} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'primrec' target? fixes 'where' equations
    ;
    equations: (thmdecl? prop + '|')
    ;
    ('fun' | 'function') target? functionopts? fixes 'where' clauses
    ;
    clauses: (thmdecl? prop ('(' 'otherwise' ')')? + '|')
    ;
    functionopts: '(' (('sequential' | 'domintros' | 'tailrec' | 'default' term) + ',') ')'
    ;
    'termination' ( term )?
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "primrec"}] defines primitive recursive
  functions over datatypes, see also \cite{isabelle-HOL}.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "function"}] defines functions by general
  wellfounded recursion. A detailed description with examples can be
  found in \cite{isabelle-function}. The function is specified by a
  set of (possibly conditional) recursive equations with arbitrary
  pattern matching. The command generates proof obligations for the
  completeness and the compatibility of patterns.

  The defined function is considered partial, and the resulting
  simplification rules (named @{text "f.psimps"}) and induction rule
  (named @{text "f.pinduct"}) are guarded by a generated domain
  predicate @{text "f_dom"}. The @{command (HOL) "termination"}
  command can then be used to establish that the function is total.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "fun"}] is a shorthand notation for
  ``@{command (HOL) "function"}~@{text "(sequential)"}, followed by
  automated proof attempts regarding pattern matching and termination.
  See \cite{isabelle-function} for further details.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "termination"}~@{text f}] commences a
  termination proof for the previously defined function @{text f}.  If
  this is omitted, the command refers to the most recent function
  definition.  After the proof is closed, the recursive equations and
  the induction principle is established.

  \end{descr}

  %FIXME check

  Recursive definitions introduced by the @{command (HOL) "function"}
  command accommodate
  reasoning by induction (cf.\ \secref{sec:cases-induct}): rule @{text
  "c.induct"} (where @{text c} is the name of the function definition)
  refers to a specific induction rule, with parameters named according
  to the user-specified equations.
  For the @{command (HOL) "primrec"} the induction principle coincides
  with structural recursion on the datatype the recursion is carried
  out.
  Case names of @{command (HOL)
  "primrec"} are that of the datatypes involved, while those of
  @{command (HOL) "function"} are numbered (starting from 1).

  The equations provided by these packages may be referred later as
  theorem list @{text "f.simps"}, where @{text f} is the (collective)
  name of the functions defined.  Individual equations may be named
  explicitly as well.

  The @{command (HOL) "function"} command accepts the following
  options.

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{text sequential}] enables a preprocessor which
  disambiguates overlapping patterns by making them mutually disjoint.
  Earlier equations take precedence over later ones.  This allows to
  give the specification in a format very similar to functional
  programming.  Note that the resulting simplification and induction
  rules correspond to the transformed specification, not the one given
  originally. This usually means that each equation given by the user
  may result in several theroems.  Also note that this automatic
  transformation only works for ML-style datatype patterns.

  \item [@{text domintros}] enables the automated generation of
  introduction rules for the domain predicate. While mostly not
  needed, they can be helpful in some proofs about partial functions.

  \item [@{text tailrec}] generates the unconstrained recursive
  equations even without a termination proof, provided that the
  function is tail-recursive. This currently only works

  \item [@{text "default d"}] allows to specify a default value for a
  (partial) function, which will ensure that @{text "f x = d x"}
  whenever @{text "x \<notin> f_dom"}.

  \end{descr}
*}


subsection {* Proof methods related to recursive definitions *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{method_def (HOL) pat_completeness} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{method_def (HOL) relation} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{method_def (HOL) lexicographic_order} & : & \isarmeth \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'relation' term
    ;
    'lexicographic\_order' (clasimpmod *)
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{method (HOL) pat_completeness}] is a specialized method to
  solve goals regarding the completeness of pattern matching, as
  required by the @{command (HOL) "function"} package (cf.\
  \cite{isabelle-function}).

  \item [@{method (HOL) relation}~@{text R}] introduces a termination
  proof using the relation @{text R}.  The resulting proof state will
  contain goals expressing that @{text R} is wellfounded, and that the
  arguments of recursive calls decrease with respect to @{text R}.
  Usually, this method is used as the initial proof step of manual
  termination proofs.

  \item [@{method (HOL) "lexicographic_order"}] attempts a fully
  automated termination proof by searching for a lexicographic
  combination of size measures on the arguments of the function. The
  method accepts the same arguments as the @{method auto} method,
  which it uses internally to prove local descents.  The same context
  modifiers as for @{method auto} are accepted, see
  \secref{sec:clasimp}.

  In case of failure, extensive information is printed, which can help
  to analyse the situation (cf.\ \cite{isabelle-function}).

  \end{descr}
*}


subsection {* Old-style recursive function definitions (TFL) *}

text {*
  The old TFL commands @{command (HOL) "recdef"} and @{command (HOL)
  "recdef_tc"} for defining recursive are mostly obsolete; @{command
  (HOL) "function"} or @{command (HOL) "fun"} should be used instead.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "recdef"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "recdef_tc"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{proof(prove)} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'recdef' ('(' 'permissive' ')')? \\ name term (prop +) hints?
    ;
    recdeftc thmdecl? tc
    ;
    hints: '(' 'hints' (recdefmod *) ')'
    ;
    recdefmod: (('recdef\_simp' | 'recdef\_cong' | 'recdef\_wf') (() | 'add' | 'del') ':' thmrefs) | clasimpmod
    ;
    tc: nameref ('(' nat ')')?
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}
  
  \item [@{command (HOL) "recdef"}] defines general well-founded
  recursive functions (using the TFL package), see also
  \cite{isabelle-HOL}.  The ``@{text "(permissive)"}'' option tells
  TFL to recover from failed proof attempts, returning unfinished
  results.  The @{text recdef_simp}, @{text recdef_cong}, and @{text
  recdef_wf} hints refer to auxiliary rules to be used in the internal
  automated proof process of TFL.  Additional @{syntax clasimpmod}
  declarations (cf.\ \secref{sec:clasimp}) may be given to tune the
  context of the Simplifier (cf.\ \secref{sec:simplifier}) and
  Classical reasoner (cf.\ \secref{sec:classical}).
  
  \item [@{command (HOL) "recdef_tc"}~@{text "c (i)"}] recommences the
  proof for leftover termination condition number @{text i} (default
  1) as generated by a @{command (HOL) "recdef"} definition of
  constant @{text c}.
  
  Note that in most cases, @{command (HOL) "recdef"} is able to finish
  its internal proofs without manual intervention.

  \end{descr}

  \medskip Hints for @{command (HOL) "recdef"} may be also declared
  globally, using the following attributes.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{attribute_def (HOL) recdef_simp} & : & \isaratt \\
    @{attribute_def (HOL) recdef_cong} & : & \isaratt \\
    @{attribute_def (HOL) recdef_wf} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    ('recdef\_simp' | 'recdef\_cong' | 'recdef\_wf') (() | 'add' | 'del')
    ;
  \end{rail}
*}


section {* Inductive and coinductive definitions \label{sec:hol-inductive} *}

text {*
  An \textbf{inductive definition} specifies the least predicate (or
  set) @{text R} closed under given rules: applying a rule to elements
  of @{text R} yields a result within @{text R}.  For example, a
  structural operational semantics is an inductive definition of an
  evaluation relation.

  Dually, a \textbf{coinductive definition} specifies the greatest
  predicate~/ set @{text R} that is consistent with given rules: every
  element of @{text R} can be seen as arising by applying a rule to
  elements of @{text R}.  An important example is using bisimulation
  relations to formalise equivalence of processes and infinite data
  structures.

  \medskip The HOL package is related to the ZF one, which is
  described in a separate paper,\footnote{It appeared in CADE
  \cite{paulson-CADE}; a longer version is distributed with Isabelle.}
  which you should refer to in case of difficulties.  The package is
  simpler than that of ZF thanks to implicit type-checking in HOL.
  The types of the (co)inductive predicates (or sets) determine the
  domain of the fixedpoint definition, and the package does not have
  to use inference rules for type-checking.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "inductive"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "inductive_set"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "coinductive"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "coinductive_set"} & : & \isarkeep{local{\dsh}theory} \\
    @{attribute_def (HOL) mono} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    ('inductive' | 'inductive\_set' | 'coinductive' | 'coinductive\_set') target? fixes ('for' fixes)? \\
    ('where' clauses)? ('monos' thmrefs)?
    ;
    clauses: (thmdecl? prop + '|')
    ;
    'mono' (() | 'add' | 'del')
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "inductive"} and @{command (HOL)
  "coinductive"}] define (co)inductive predicates from the
  introduction rules given in the @{keyword "where"} part.  The
  optional @{keyword "for"} part contains a list of parameters of the
  (co)inductive predicates that remain fixed throughout the
  definition.  The optional @{keyword "monos"} section contains
  \emph{monotonicity theorems}, which are required for each operator
  applied to a recursive set in the introduction rules.  There
  \emph{must} be a theorem of the form @{text "A \<le> B \<Longrightarrow> M A \<le> M B"},
  for each premise @{text "M R\<^sub>i t"} in an introduction rule!

  \item [@{command (HOL) "inductive_set"} and @{command (HOL)
  "coinductive_set"}] are wrappers for to the previous commands,
  allowing the definition of (co)inductive sets.

  \item [@{attribute (HOL) mono}] declares monotonicity rules.  These
  rule are involved in the automated monotonicity proof of @{command
  (HOL) "inductive"}.

  \end{descr}
*}


subsection {* Derived rules *}

text {*
  Each (co)inductive definition @{text R} adds definitions to the
  theory and also proves some theorems:

  \begin{description}

  \item [@{text R.intros}] is the list of introduction rules as proven
  theorems, for the recursive predicates (or sets).  The rules are
  also available individually, using the names given them in the
  theory file;

  \item [@{text R.cases}] is the case analysis (or elimination) rule;

  \item [@{text R.induct} or @{text R.coinduct}] is the (co)induction
  rule.

  \end{description}

  When several predicates @{text "R\<^sub>1, \<dots>, R\<^sub>n"} are
  defined simultaneously, the list of introduction rules is called
  @{text "R\<^sub>1_\<dots>_R\<^sub>n.intros"}, the case analysis rules are
  called @{text "R\<^sub>1.cases, \<dots>, R\<^sub>n.cases"}, and the list
  of mutual induction rules is called @{text
  "R\<^sub>1_\<dots>_R\<^sub>n.inducts"}.
*}


subsection {* Monotonicity theorems *}

text {*
  Each theory contains a default set of theorems that are used in
  monotonicity proofs.  New rules can be added to this set via the
  @{attribute (HOL) mono} attribute.  The HOL theory @{text Inductive}
  shows how this is done.  In general, the following monotonicity
  theorems may be added:

  \begin{itemize}

  \item Theorems of the form @{text "A \<le> B \<Longrightarrow> M A \<le> M B"}, for proving
  monotonicity of inductive definitions whose introduction rules have
  premises involving terms such as @{text "M R\<^sub>i t"}.

  \item Monotonicity theorems for logical operators, which are of the
  general form @{text "(\<dots> \<longrightarrow> \<dots>) \<Longrightarrow> \<dots> (\<dots> \<longrightarrow> \<dots>) \<Longrightarrow> \<dots> \<longrightarrow> \<dots>"}.  For example, in
  the case of the operator @{text "\<or>"}, the corresponding theorem is
  \[
  \infer{@{text "P\<^sub>1 \<or> P\<^sub>2 \<longrightarrow> Q\<^sub>1 \<or> Q\<^sub>2"}}{@{text "P\<^sub>1 \<longrightarrow> Q\<^sub>1"} & @{text "P\<^sub>2 \<longrightarrow> Q\<^sub>2"}}
  \]

  \item De Morgan style equations for reasoning about the ``polarity''
  of expressions, e.g.
  \[
  @{prop "\<not> \<not> P \<longleftrightarrow> P"} \qquad\qquad
  @{prop "\<not> (P \<and> Q) \<longleftrightarrow> \<not> P \<or> \<not> Q"}
  \]

  \item Equations for reducing complex operators to more primitive
  ones whose monotonicity can easily be proved, e.g.
  \[
  @{prop "(P \<longrightarrow> Q) \<longleftrightarrow> \<not> P \<or> Q"} \qquad\qquad
  @{prop "Ball A P \<equiv> \<forall>x. x \<in> A \<longrightarrow> P x"}
  \]

  \end{itemize}

  %FIXME: Example of an inductive definition
*}


section {* Arithmetic proof support *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{method_def (HOL) arith} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{attribute_def (HOL) arith_split} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  The @{method (HOL) arith} method decides linear arithmetic problems
  (on types @{text nat}, @{text int}, @{text real}).  Any current
  facts are inserted into the goal before running the procedure.

  The @{attribute (HOL) arith_split} attribute declares case split
  rules to be expanded before the arithmetic procedure is invoked.

  Note that a simpler (but faster) version of arithmetic reasoning is
  already performed by the Simplifier.
*}


section {* Invoking automated reasoning tools -- The Sledgehammer *}

text {*
  Isabelle/HOL includes a generic \emph{ATP manager} that allows
  external automated reasoning tools to crunch a pending goal.
  Supported provers include E\footnote{\url{http://www.eprover.org}},
  SPASS\footnote{\url{http://www.spass-prover.org/}}, and Vampire.
  There is also a wrapper to invoke provers remotely via the
  SystemOnTPTP\footnote{\url{http://www.cs.miami.edu/~tptp/cgi-bin/SystemOnTPTP}}
  web service.

  The problem passed to external provers consists of the goal together
  with a smart selection of lemmas from the current theory context.
  The result of a successful proof search is some source text that
  usually reconstructs the proof within Isabelle, without requiring
  external provers again.  The Metis
  prover\footnote{\url{http://www.gilith.com/software/metis/}} that is
  integrated into Isabelle/HOL is being used here.

  In this mode of operation, heavy means of automated reasoning are
  used as a strong relevance filter, while the main proof checking
  works via explicit inferences going through the Isabelle kernel.
  Moreover, rechecking Isabelle proof texts with already specified
  auxiliary facts is much faster than performing fully automated
  search over and over again.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "sledgehammer"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "print_atps"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "atp_info"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{\cdot} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "atp_kill"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{\cdot} \\
    @{method_def (HOL) metis} & : & \isarmeth \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
  'sledgehammer' (nameref *)
  ;

  'metis' thmrefs
  ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) sledgehammer}~@{text "prover\<^sub>1 \<dots>
  prover\<^sub>n"}] invokes the specified automated theorem provers on
  the first subgoal.  Provers are run in parallel, the first
  successful result is displayed, and the other attempts are
  terminated.

  Provers are defined in the theory context, see also @{command (HOL)
  print_atps}.  If no provers are given as arguments to @{command
  (HOL) sledgehammer}, the system refers to the default defined as
  ``ATP provers'' preference by the user interface.

  There are additional preferences for timeout (default: 60 seconds),
  and the maximum number of independent prover processes (default: 5);
  excessive provers are automatically terminated.

  \item [@{command (HOL) print_atps}] prints the list of automated
  theorem provers available to the @{command (HOL) sledgehammer}
  command.

  \item [@{command (HOL) atp_info}] prints information about presently
  running provers, including elapsed runtime, and the remaining time
  until timeout.

  \item [@{command (HOL) atp_kill}] terminates all presently running
  provers.

  \item [@{method (HOL) metis}~@{text "facts"}] invokes the Metis
  prover with the given facts.  Metis is an automated proof tool of
  medium strength, but is fully integrated into Isabelle/HOL, with
  explicit inferences going through the kernel.  Thus its results are
  guaranteed to be ``correct by construction''.

  Note that all facts used with Metis need to be specified as explicit
  arguments.  There are no rule declarations as for other Isabelle
  provers, like @{method blast} or @{method fast}.

  \end{descr}
*}


section {* Unstructured cases analysis and induction \label{sec:hol-induct-tac} *}

text {*
  The following tools of Isabelle/HOL support cases analysis and
  induction in unstructured tactic scripts; see also
  \secref{sec:cases-induct} for proper Isar versions of similar ideas.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{method_def (HOL) case_tac}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{method_def (HOL) induct_tac}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{method_def (HOL) ind_cases}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarmeth \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "inductive_cases"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'case\_tac' goalspec? term rule?
    ;
    'induct\_tac' goalspec? (insts * 'and') rule?
    ;
    'ind\_cases' (prop +) ('for' (name +)) ?
    ;
    'inductive\_cases' (thmdecl? (prop +) + 'and')
    ;

    rule: ('rule' ':' thmref)
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{method (HOL) case_tac} and @{method (HOL) induct_tac}]
  admit to reason about inductive types.  Rules are selected according
  to the declarations by the @{attribute cases} and @{attribute
  induct} attributes, cf.\ \secref{sec:cases-induct}.  The @{command
  (HOL) datatype} package already takes care of this.

  These unstructured tactics feature both goal addressing and dynamic
  instantiation.  Note that named rule cases are \emph{not} provided
  as would be by the proper @{method cases} and @{method induct} proof
  methods (see \secref{sec:cases-induct}).  Unlike the @{method
  induct} method, @{method induct_tac} does not handle structured rule
  statements, only the compact object-logic conclusion of the subgoal
  being addressed.
  
  \item [@{method (HOL) ind_cases} and @{command (HOL)
  "inductive_cases"}] provide an interface to the internal @{ML_text
  mk_cases} operation.  Rules are simplified in an unrestricted
  forward manner.

  While @{method (HOL) ind_cases} is a proof method to apply the
  result immediately as elimination rules, @{command (HOL)
  "inductive_cases"} provides case split theorems at the theory level
  for later use.  The @{keyword "for"} argument of the @{method (HOL)
  ind_cases} method allows to specify a list of variables that should
  be generalized before applying the resulting rule.

  \end{descr}
*}


section {* Executable code *}

text {*
  Isabelle/Pure provides two generic frameworks to support code
  generation from executable specifications.  Isabelle/HOL
  instantiates these mechanisms in a way that is amenable to end-user
  applications.

  One framework generates code from both functional and relational
  programs to SML.  See \cite{isabelle-HOL} for further information
  (this actually covers the new-style theory format as well).

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "value"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_module"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_library"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "consts_code"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "types_code"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\  
    @{attribute_def (HOL) code} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
  'value' term
  ;

  ( 'code\_module' | 'code\_library' ) modespec ? name ? \\
    ( 'file' name ) ? ( 'imports' ( name + ) ) ? \\
    'contains' ( ( name '=' term ) + | term + )
  ;

  modespec: '(' ( name * ) ')'
  ;

  'consts\_code' (codespec +)
  ;

  codespec: const template attachment ?
  ;

  'types\_code' (tycodespec +)
  ;

  tycodespec: name template attachment ?
  ;

  const: term
  ;

  template: '(' string ')'
  ;

  attachment: 'attach' modespec ? verblbrace text verbrbrace
  ;

  'code' (name)?
  ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "value"}~@{text t}] evaluates and prints a
  term using the code generator.

  \end{descr}

  \medskip The other framework generates code from functional programs
  (including overloading using type classes) to SML \cite{SML}, OCaml
  \cite{OCaml} and Haskell \cite{haskell-revised-report}.
  Conceptually, code generation is split up in three steps:
  \emph{selection} of code theorems, \emph{translation} into an
  abstract executable view and \emph{serialization} to a specific
  \emph{target language}.  See \cite{isabelle-codegen} for an
  introduction on how to use it.

  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "export_code"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_thms"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_deps"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_datatype"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_const"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_type"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_class"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_instance"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_monad"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_reserved"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_include"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_modulename"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "code_abort"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{theory} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "print_codesetup"}@{text "\<^sup>*"} & : & \isarkeep{theory~|~proof} \\
    @{attribute_def (HOL) code} & : & \isaratt \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
    'export\_code' ( constexpr + ) ? \\
      ( ( 'in' target ( 'module\_name' string ) ? \\
        ( 'file' ( string | '-' ) ) ? ( '(' args ')' ) ?) + ) ?
    ;

    'code\_thms' ( constexpr + ) ?
    ;

    'code\_deps' ( constexpr + ) ?
    ;

    const: term
    ;

    constexpr: ( const | 'name.*' | '*' )
    ;

    typeconstructor: nameref
    ;

    class: nameref
    ;

    target: 'OCaml' | 'SML' | 'Haskell'
    ;

    'code\_datatype' const +
    ;

    'code\_const' (const + 'and') \\
      ( ( '(' target ( syntax ? + 'and' ) ')' ) + )
    ;

    'code\_type' (typeconstructor + 'and') \\
      ( ( '(' target ( syntax ? + 'and' ) ')' ) + )
    ;

    'code\_class' (class + 'and') \\
      ( ( '(' target \\
        ( ( string ('where' \\
          ( const ( '==' | equiv ) string ) + ) ? ) ? + 'and' ) ')' ) + )
    ;

    'code\_instance' (( typeconstructor '::' class ) + 'and') \\
      ( ( '(' target ( '-' ? + 'and' ) ')' ) + )
    ;

    'code\_monad' const const target
    ;

    'code\_reserved' target ( string + )
    ;

    'code\_include' target ( string ( string | '-') )
    ;

    'code\_modulename' target ( ( string string ) + )
    ;

    'code\_abort' ( const + )
    ;

    syntax: string | ( 'infix' | 'infixl' | 'infixr' ) nat string
    ;

    'code' ( 'inline' ) ? ( 'del' ) ?
    ;
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "export_code"}] is the canonical interface
  for generating and serializing code: for a given list of constants,
  code is generated for the specified target languages.  Abstract code
  is cached incrementally.  If no constant is given, the currently
  cached code is serialized.  If no serialization instruction is
  given, only abstract code is cached.

  Constants may be specified by giving them literally, referring to
  all executable contants within a certain theory by giving @{text
  "name.*"}, or referring to \emph{all} executable constants currently
  available by giving @{text "*"}.

  By default, for each involved theory one corresponding name space
  module is generated.  Alternativly, a module name may be specified
  after the @{keyword "module_name"} keyword; then \emph{all} code is
  placed in this module.

  For \emph{SML} and \emph{OCaml}, the file specification refers to a
  single file; for \emph{Haskell}, it refers to a whole directory,
  where code is generated in multiple files reflecting the module
  hierarchy.  The file specification ``@{text "-"}'' denotes standard
  output.  For \emph{SML}, omitting the file specification compiles
  code internally in the context of the current ML session.

  Serializers take an optional list of arguments in parentheses.  For
  \emph{Haskell} a module name prefix may be given using the ``@{text
  "root:"}'' argument; ``@{text string_classes}'' adds a ``@{verbatim
  "deriving (Read, Show)"}'' clause to each appropriate datatype
  declaration.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_thms"}] prints a list of theorems
  representing the corresponding program containing all given
  constants; if no constants are given, the currently cached code
  theorems are printed.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_deps"}] visualizes dependencies of
  theorems representing the corresponding program containing all given
  constants; if no constants are given, the currently cached code
  theorems are visualized.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_datatype"}] specifies a constructor set
  for a logical type.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_const"}] associates a list of constants
  with target-specific serializations; omitting a serialization
  deletes an existing serialization.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_type"}] associates a list of type
  constructors with target-specific serializations; omitting a
  serialization deletes an existing serialization.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_class"}] associates a list of classes
  with target-specific class names; in addition, constants associated
  with this class may be given target-specific names used for instance
  declarations; omitting a serialization deletes an existing
  serialization.  This applies only to \emph{Haskell}.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_instance"}] declares a list of type
  constructor / class instance relations as ``already present'' for a
  given target.  Omitting a ``@{text "-"}'' deletes an existing
  ``already present'' declaration.  This applies only to
  \emph{Haskell}.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_monad"}] provides an auxiliary
  mechanism to generate monadic code for Haskell.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_reserved"}] declares a list of names as
  reserved for a given target, preventing it to be shadowed by any
  generated code.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_include"}] adds arbitrary named content
  (``include'') to generated code.  A ``@{text "-"}'' as last argument
  will remove an already added ``include''.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_modulename"}] declares aliasings from
  one module name onto another.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "code_abort"}] declares constants which
  are not required to have a definition by means of defining equations;
  if needed these are implemented by program abort instead.

  \item [@{attribute (HOL) code}] explicitly selects (or
  with option ``@{text "del"}'' deselects) a defining equation for
  code generation.  Usually packages introducing defining equations
  provide a reasonable default setup for selection.

  \item [@{attribute (HOL) code}@{text inline}] declares (or with
  option ``@{text "del"}'' removes) inlining theorems which are
  applied as rewrite rules to any defining equation during
  preprocessing.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "print_codesetup"}] gives an overview on
  selected defining equations, code generator datatypes and
  preprocessor setup.

  \end{descr}
*}


section {* Definition by specification \label{sec:hol-specification} *}

text {*
  \begin{matharray}{rcl}
    @{command_def (HOL) "specification"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{proof(prove)} \\
    @{command_def (HOL) "ax_specification"} & : & \isartrans{theory}{proof(prove)} \\
  \end{matharray}

  \begin{rail}
  ('specification' | 'ax\_specification') '(' (decl +) ')' \\ (thmdecl? prop +)
  ;
  decl: ((name ':')? term '(' 'overloaded' ')'?)
  \end{rail}

  \begin{descr}

  \item [@{command (HOL) "specification"}~@{text "decls \<phi>"}] sets up a
  goal stating the existence of terms with the properties specified to
  hold for the constants given in @{text decls}.  After finishing the
  proof, the theory will be augmented with definitions for the given
  constants, as well as with theorems stating the properties for these
  constants.

  \item [@{command (HOL) "ax_specification"}~@{text "decls \<phi>"}] sets
  up a goal stating the existence of terms with the properties
  specified to hold for the constants given in @{text decls}.  After
  finishing the proof, the theory will be augmented with axioms
  expressing the properties given in the first place.

  \item [@{text decl}] declares a constant to be defined by the
  specification given.  The definition for the constant @{text c} is
  bound to the name @{text c_def} unless a theorem name is given in
  the declaration.  Overloaded constants should be declared as such.

  \end{descr}

  Whether to use @{command (HOL) "specification"} or @{command (HOL)
  "ax_specification"} is to some extent a matter of style.  @{command
  (HOL) "specification"} introduces no new axioms, and so by
  construction cannot introduce inconsistencies, whereas @{command
  (HOL) "ax_specification"} does introduce axioms, but only after the
  user has explicitly proven it to be safe.  A practical issue must be
  considered, though: After introducing two constants with the same
  properties using @{command (HOL) "specification"}, one can prove
  that the two constants are, in fact, equal.  If this might be a
  problem, one should use @{command (HOL) "ax_specification"}.
*}

end