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Is there a standard way to title a list of bullets?

Very often I feel the need to insert a headline into the itemize environment. I repeatedly wonder whether there is something like a (non-obligatory) caption-argument or a \caption command like in the figure environment or something similiar for the that environment (and for lists in general) too. I guess that I could create something in a headline look with the \textbf command, but that feels so inelegant.

So my questions:

  • if there is a more elegant way to insert a headline: How to do it?

  • if not: why? And does anyone who is stronger in LaTeX programming than me is willing to create one? I dream of something like that:

    \begin{Headline}{list/itemize etc}

but I guess you have better ideas.

The typeset result should look like this:


  • Hitchcock

  • Cameron

  • etc.

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marked as duplicate by Leo Liu, Aditya, Torbjørn T., lockstep, Werner Oct 14 '11 at 18:24

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Just define one yourself. If you don't need automatic numbering and cross reference, it's quite simple. Or you can use LaTeX's \subsubsection, \paragraph for this. – Leo Liu Oct 14 '11 at 12:41
Take a look here. – projetmbc Oct 14 '11 at 12:42
Oh, that's it. A duplicate question. You can vote to close this question. – Leo Liu Oct 14 '11 at 12:49
@projetmbc Thanks for the link! I converted that answer with the link to the duplicate into a comment since it's not a real answer. – Stefan Kottwitz Nov 3 '11 at 17:05
up vote 2 down vote accepted

A simple implementation:


  \item \textbf{\large #1}


\begin{itemlist}{My list}
\item foo
\item bar


There is nothing curious.

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