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LaTeX provides several List-Making Environments These may be nested up to four deep.

The items in the list are given by \item commands. A blank line before an \item command has no effect.

List-Making Enviroments


Typically used for giving short definitions or descriptions; the label argument of the \item command generally giving the term being described (although it can be left blank, it will look strange). The text of the \item command is indented.


Typically used for numbered lists. Counters for these lists are provided by enumi, emumii, enumiii, enumiv, respectively, for the four levels of nesting.


Typically used for unnumbered lists. The default label argument of the \item command produces "tick-marks" which vary by level of nesting, generally "bullets" for the first level.


Produces a list of labeled items and has required arguments that allow a great deal of flexibility in layout. It is generally used to define new environments with the \newenvironment command, or to set up one-of-a-kind lists.


Like the List Environment, using the currently defined values of list-making parameters; normally used to define an environment with a single item, with an \item command as part of the environment definition.

See also \item
See also Counters, Environments
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Revised: Sheldon Green, 18 May 1995.