# Minimal syntax alternative to enumerate environment [duplicate]

Is there an alternative to the enumerate environment in LaTeX where I can define a nested list with a minimal syntax like that of Markdown or something similar, e.g.:

\begin{minimallist}
- Fruit
- Apple
- Orange
-Vegetable
- Carrot
- Tomato
\end{minimallist}


\begin{enumerate}
\item Fruit
\begin{enumerate}
\item Apple
\item Orange
\end{enumerate}
\item Vegetable
\begin{enumerate}
\item Carrot
\item Tomato
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}


I don't mind the wordiness of the latter when I'm writing, but it's noticeably less readable for large nested lists, at least for me.

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Is Using indentation to automatically begin and end itemize environments what you are looking for? If so, this question should be closed as a duplicate of that. –  Peter Grill Feb 23 '13 at 20:28
@PeterGrill Yes that's exactly it. Thank you. My question is a duplicate. I should say that I did look for it for a while before writing this one, so perhaps this question is still valuable as most duplicates are to someone searching for an answer. –  Lex Feb 23 '13 at 21:05
Totally agree. I'd definitely recommend not deleting the question, just voting to close it so it gets marked as a duplicate and may help someone else locate the duplicate. –  Peter Grill Feb 23 '13 at 21:08

## marked as duplicate by Peter Grill, Fran, Kurt, Qrrbrbirlbel, Stefan Kottwitz♦Feb 23 '13 at 22:13

Is this along the lines of what you're looking for?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\newcommand{\bmyl}{\begin{enumerate}}
\newcommand{\cit}{\item}
\newcommand{\emyl}{\end{enumerate}}
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}

\bmyl
\cit Fruit
\bmyl
\cit Apple
\cit Orange
\emyl
\cit Vegetable
\bmyl
\cit Carrot
\cit Tomato
\emyl
\emyl

\end{document}

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This is not what I was after. The duplicate answer link answers it beautifully, but this answer is valuable as well especially in other contexts. –  Lex Mar 2 '13 at 15:48