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I am trying to add the character "alpha" in the title of a list like this:

  \item \alpha value

so that I see the bullet, a alpha letter and the word "value", all in the same row.

Even though I see the result I want in the preview, I have this errors:

Missing $ inserted
Missing } inserted
Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup

I don't know what I am doing wrong, any tips?

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You can use \item[\textbullet $\alpha$ value] maybe. Note that \alpha needs to be in mathmode, within $$. – azetina Apr 4 '14 at 16:01
"\item $\alpha$ value" worked, thanks a lot! – Anthony Apr 4 '14 at 16:05
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The error

Missing $ inserted
Missing } inserted
Extra }, or forgotten \endgroup

is due to the fact that \alpha needs to be in mathmode; hence, within $<math content>$. Therefore, using

\item $\alpha$ value

should fix the issue.

The following is just a suggestion to look into. It is not fully optimized.

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\setlength{\alphaitemize}{\widthof{\textbullet~$\alpha$ value}}
    \begin{itemize}[label=\textbullet~$\alpha$ value:,itemindent=\alphaitemize]
        \item 23
        \item 24
        \item $\alpha$ value: 23
        \item $\alpha$ value: 23

Note that changed the labeling of the itemization to be more effective.

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it did, thanks! – Anthony Apr 4 '14 at 16:14

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