Re: [isabelle] bundle commands inside a locale

Dear Anonymous@gmail,

Using the notation command explicitly inside a locale is quite convenient, however, it is cumbersome to use when notations are reused. For an example, consider the following graph locales:

## locale graph
## begin
##   definition "path u es v ≡ True"
##   notation path ("_ --_--> _" [50, 50, 50] 90)
## end
## locale graph_special =
##   fixes P :: "'a => 'b => bool"
## begin
##   interpretation graph .
## definition "spath u es v ≡ path u es v & P u v"
## notation spath ("_ --_--> _" [50, 50, 50] 90)
## (* Now, both "spath" and "path" have the same notation.
##    Preferably, the "path" notation should have been
##    shadowed by the new "spath" notation.... *)
## end

The second option that you have mentioned is very close to the solution that I am looking for. Thanks for referring me to it.

Kind regards,
  -- anonymous Isabelle user with an @outlook address


From: mailing-list anonymous <mailing.list.anonymous at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5:00 PM
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Subject: Re: [isabelle] bundle commands inside a locale
Dear Anonymous,

I am far from being an expert on notation/bundles. Therefore, hopefully, someone else will provide a better reply. However, given your examples, I do not understand why would it not be suitable to merely provide the notation explicitly inside the locale Foo using the command notation? For example,

locale Foo =
  fixes A :: "'a => bool"
  assumes "P A"
  definition t :: "'a ⇒ bool" ("TTT _" [50]) where "t == A"
  notation t ("TTT _" [50])
  lemma "TTT x ⟹ A x" unfolding t_def .

locale Bar =
  fixes B :: "'a ⇒ bool"
  assumes a1:"P B" and "Q B"
  interpretation Foo B using a1 .
  lemma "TTT x ⟹ B x" by (simp add: t_def) (*the notation is now available*)

Alternatively, in my own work, usually, for each locale, I provide another locale with the notation specified explicitly (I adopted this method from an answer to one of my own old and rather naive questions that was provided by Akihisa Yamada: This allows me to switch between different notations if necessary. However, this method does incur a certain amount of boilerplate code. Quite frankly, I would also be interested to know if there is a more standard approach that would allow for switching between different sets of notation with ease. 

Thank you


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