Take the 2-minute tour ×
TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm relatively new to LaTeX, and I am having this problem with the description environment:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{bm}
\usepackage{IEEEtrantools}
\usepackage{amsthm}
\usepackage{multicol}
\setlength\parindent{0pt}

\begin{document}
\begin{description}
    \item[this:] this is a description that isn't messed up.
    \item [sll kjsl kslkdfjl f:] but there really is a problem with this one, isn't there?
\end{description}
\end{document}

produces

this output

As far as I can tell I have good syntax, but I have a hard time believing that this is the default behavior of the LaTeX renderer.

Extra notes:

  • If you'll notice, the description isn't bold, either.
  • The fact that the sentence that follows is in math mode seems to be irrelevant.
  • I'm using pdfLaTeX, but the behavior is the same regardless of the rendering method used.!
share|improve this question

closed as too localized by Stefan Kottwitz Mar 4 '13 at 8:02

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Welcome to TeX.SE. The question is ok, just extend your preamble into a minimal working example (MWE) and it will be just perfect! One question: you use enumitem package or not? It is commented in your preamble, and it obviously does a big difference! –  yo' Mar 3 '13 at 18:57
    
Actually, I've already solved the problem, but this site is biased against noobs (for good reason) so I couldn't answer it. I was not using the enumitem package, and my problem was the use of the IEEEtrantools package without the retainorgcmds option. I'll fix up the question. –  SegFaults McGee Mar 3 '13 at 19:07
    
@SegFaultsMcGee I closed (for now) as too localized (specific error situation) and solved. If you still would like to add an answer, just notify me, I could reopen it. –  Stefan Kottwitz Mar 4 '13 at 8:07