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It appears to be somewhat tedious work to use the glossaries package and I prefer not having an explicit dependency on Perl scripts to process my LaTeX documents. So what I would ask is, how can one format a glossary nicely, without resorting to using the glossaries package?

I guess something between how a subparagraph looks but with tabular alignment.

LaTeX newbie here. :-)

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This looks probably complicated if you're new to LaTeX but Nicola Talbot has written a nice article about Creating a glossary without using an external indexing application. I for my part find glossaries not too hard to use, actually... –  cgnieder Oct 27 '12 at 8:27
    
Thanks - I'll read that! I just found out that my application Texpad, has an index typesetter. So it becomes simpler to use glossaries. –  Bent Rasmussen Oct 27 '12 at 8:39
    
You can make the "explicit dependency" an "implicit one" with programs like arara or latexmk ;) –  tohecz Oct 27 '12 at 8:52
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closed as not constructive by egreg, Claudio Fiandrino, Thorsten, diabonas, Kurt Nov 14 '12 at 18:41

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