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I try to achieve the following layout with a description list

Item1     Description of the item where wrapping aligns like this. 
          Should also handle itemize environment in the description body
             * itemize1
             * itemize2
             * itemize3  

Item2     Another description. Another description. Another description.
          Another description. Another description. Another description. 

I have tried different hackish approaches, like minipage, mbox etc in the description body. Is there any nice and simple solution for this layout, google didn't help at all...

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You can use enumitem for formatting and nest everything in a simple itemize:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}% http://ctan.org/pkg/enumitem
\begin{document}
\begin{itemize}[font=\bfseries]
  \item[Item1]
    Description of the item where wrapping aligns like this. 
    Should also handle itemize environment in the description body
    \begin{itemize}
      \item itemize1
      \item itemize2
      \item itemize3
    \end{itemize}

  \item[Item2]
    Another description. Another description. Another description. 
    Another description. Another description. Another description.
\end{itemize}

\end{document}​

For bullets in the nested itemize, use

\begin{itemize}[label=\textbullet]
  %...
\end{itemize}
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+1 but for the outer itemize you don't need to hard-code the Item1, Item2 if you use \begin{enumerate}[font=\bfseries,label*=Item\arabic*] and then just \item –  cmhughes Jun 19 '12 at 21:50
    
@cmhughes: Thanks for noticing this. Since the OP mentions the description environment, this leads me to believe that they won't of the simple enumerable Item1, Item2,... form. –  Werner Jun 19 '12 at 22:44
    
Thank you, this was what I was looking for –  bbtrb Jun 20 '12 at 4:46
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