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I have an editorial template to write a book's chapter. The publisher wants the authors to use the description environment to display acronyms. However, due to acronym's package facilities I am trying to use it also. The MWE is below.





        \expandafter\ifx\csname acused@#1\endcsname\AC@used

    \item{3GPP}{Third Generation Partnership Project}




The problem is when a certain acronym isn't used, because it leaves an empty line. I tried to remove the empty line with \olditem[]{}\vspace{-\baselineskip} but it is ugly. Is there a better way to achieve the same result?

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»The publisher wants the authors to use the description environment to display acronyms« - you mean you must use an explicit {description} environment? Or may the list of acronyms use it implicitly (maybe hidden in some \printacronyms command? The latter would make much more sense, IMHO. – clemens Mar 4 '13 at 19:35
The author has defined some kind of enhanced description environment that calculates the widest element in the list. Therefore, he wants the authors to use that environment. – cacamailg Mar 4 '13 at 19:39
Still: may it be implicit? Additional question: does it follow the standard syntax, i.e \begin{description} \item[foo] bar \end{description}? – clemens Mar 4 '13 at 20:03
Yes it follows the standard sintax, just like the way it is in the MWE. The enhanced description environment is nothing more than \begin{description}[BLABLA], where BLABLA is the widest element in the list. Moreover, I think I can use it implicit, however, I would prefer to use it explicitly. – cacamailg Mar 4 '13 at 20:42
Well, the default list that acronym uses is a description environment and its wrapper \begin{acronym} has exactly the same »enhancement«: an optional argument for the widest item so you are trying to reinvent the wheel, kind of... – clemens Mar 4 '13 at 20:46

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