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I want to format text like this:

a) Bla bla bla bla lbal bla
   blablalakasdfdl sdlf sdfl
   blablalbalasldkfsdflksdf

b) b;sdfdfgldfgajs;dflsfsldfk
   s;dlfskfwopwerkrotkdfpgodfg
   osdofkdfgk fdogdfogk dofgk

I learned several ways to almost get what I want:

Using the tabbing environment

\begin{tabbing}
a) \= \\ \> blablabla dlgkdjfgd fklgjdfglkdfgj dflkgjdfg
dfjgldfgk jdflkgjdflgk jdfglkdjfglkdfjgldkfgjdfgkdlfkgjldfg
\end{tabbing}

The problem of the tabbing environment is that I need to putt \\ where I want to have line breaks. Otherwise the whole text inside the tabbing environment is put on just one line.

Using the itemize environment

\begin{itemize}
\item[a) ] sadfsdf sdfsdf ... long text ...
\end{itemize}

It almost works perfectly except that everything inside the itemize environment is extra indented, e.g.

  a) Bla bla bla bla lbal bla
     blablalakasdfdl sdlf sdfl
     blablalbalasldkfsdflksdf

  b) b;sdfdfgldfgajs;dflsfsldfk
     s;dlfskfwopwerkrotkdfpgodfg
     osdofkdfgk fdogdfogk dofgk

Normal text that is not inside an itemize environment

So what is the best way to achieve what I desire?

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Let me see if I have this straight: would a satisfactory answer be to remove the excess left-margin from the itemize environment? –  Andrew Stacey Nov 25 '10 at 14:26
    
@andrew Yes this is the answer (also the answer I marked as correct) –  Eugen Nov 25 '10 at 15:03
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Use a list and adapt it e.g. with enumitem

\documentclass[parskip]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage{enumitem,lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]
\begin{enumerate}[label=\alph*),align=left]
\item \lipsum[1]
\item \lipsum[1]
\end{enumerate}
\end{document}
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Wow that's fast and exactly answers my question. Especially the align=left option –  Eugen Nov 25 '10 at 15:01
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