# Partial twocolumn itemize

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. –  CommuSoft Jan 4 '14 at 15:54
Have a look at tablists –  egreg Jan 4 '14 at 15:57

For a one-off, you can make your own \fakeitem:

\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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