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Sometimes itemize/enumerate environments have some items who are quite short and some items who are longer.

I wish to format such environments into a compact way. For example turning:

* A
* B
* C
* DDDDDDDDDDDDD
* EEEEEEEEE

into:

* A     * B
* C
* DDDDDDDDDDDDD
* EEEEEEEEE

Is there an elegant way to do this?

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My impression is that your readers will be quite confused by this layout. – egreg Jan 4 '14 at 15:51
    
Sometimes indeed, one should use it with care. However I was wondering if it is technically (easily) possible. An author can still decide after the result is compiled. – Willem Van Onsem Jan 4 '14 at 15:54
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Have a look at tablists – egreg Jan 4 '14 at 15:57
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For a one-off, you can make your own \fakeitem:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}% http://ctan.org/pkg/enumitem
\newcommand{\fakeitem}{%
  \hspace*{\itemindent}%
  \makebox[\labelwidth][r]{\textbullet}%
  \hspace*{\labelsep}}
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}
  \item A
  \fakeitem B
  \item C
  \item DDDDDDDDDDD
  \item EEEEEEEE
\end{itemize}

\end{document}

Of course, it really depends on your actual usage how effective this might be.

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