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I have the following code:


    \item first item \label{first}

    \item second item

In \ref{first} we find the first item.


I'd like to reference to an item in the list, but as their isn't a number, I can't use \label. Is it possible to add something like [1] after the item I'd like to refer to and be able to use \ref in order to get this [1]? The result should be something like:

In [1] we find the first item.

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Is using an enumerate-list rather than a itemize-list an option? Items in an enumerated lists are easy to cross-referance. – Mico Feb 14 '14 at 22:40
@Mico: I know, but I prefer using itemize in this case. – Jeroen Feb 14 '14 at 22:44
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Here's one option


The idea is create a counter, and then increment (and \label) it every time you call \bulletlabel.

% arara: pdflatex

% set up a counter for bullets

% define a command to increment the bullet counter, and label it in one go

% put [] around the bullet

    \item first item \bulletlabel{first}

    \item second item

In \ref{first} we find the first item.

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That looks perfect, thanks! I'm sure it will help other people too. – Jeroen Feb 14 '14 at 22:50
@Jeroen great, glad it helped :) – cmhughes Feb 14 '14 at 22:58

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