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All the tricks to remove vertical space before and after itemize lists (using enumitem) seem to work well in table/tabular environments, but not in longtable. The following MWE illustrates the difficulty I'm having to get the First bullet at the same level as the Left item.





Header1  &  Header2  \\
Left item  &  
 \item First bullet
 \item Second bullet
 \item Third bullet
\end{itemize}  \\

Header1  &  Header2  \\
Left item  &   
 \item First bullet
 \item Second bullet
 \item Third bullet
\end{itemize}  \\


Here, even the \compress command fails to remove the space in longtable. Note that I need longtable, as some of my lists will be quite long and will need to be split. (Also, I'm not sure why I need to specify a fixed width for the second column ({lp{4cm}}) instead of {ll}.)

Many thanks in advance.

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Have you tried the paralist package? I personally use the inparaitem to solve that problem. – Nathanael Farley Jan 17 '13 at 6:38
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Left item  &

It could be better, but that's how it is, sorry.

To answer your second question an l entry is like \mbox so horizontal mode (LR mode in the LaTeX Book) so does not allow line breaking or display environments like lists.

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Thanks for the second point. As for the first, I was hoping for a more elegant solution (a preamble setting that had eluded me), or an admission that this was a known limitation of longtable that would be fixed shortly. – Olivier Drolet Jan 16 '13 at 21:45
Given that you are the author of longtable, I'll take your solution to my main point as definitive. :) – Olivier Drolet Jan 16 '13 at 21:52
It's not a longtable feature it comes from the underlying tabular implementation you'll see the same putting a standard latex enumerate in a standard tabular. It's actually quite hard to fix automatically although of course the mess could be hidden in a better looking macro (much as \arraybackslash makes the nasty mis-match between tabular and \raggedright almost documentable. (short version: it:s not my fault) – David Carlisle Jan 16 '13 at 22:41
+1 David strikes again ;) – nutty about natty Jul 6 '13 at 20:10

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