# description environment with italic, non bold labels, bullets and normal font in the description

I think I am lost in something very easy with the enumitem package.

I would like a description environment where the label is in italics and the description in normal text.

I tried this

\documentclass[english,12pt,a4paper,pdftex]{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\begin{document}

\setlist{before=\normalfont,font=\itshape}

\begin{description}
\item [point-referenced data] this should be in normal font
\item [areal data]
\item [point pattern data]
\end{description}

\end{document}


problem is for some reasons the label comes out in bold italic and I do not why. Is it lso possible to add bullets to it?

Summarizing I would like to have a description environment with italic, non bold labels, bullets and normal font in the description.

Before you ask I checked this post and numerous others, but I do not understand how to make all the options work together.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please make your code compilable (if possible), or at least complete it with \documentclass{...}, \begin{document}, and \end{document}. That may seem tedious to you, but think of the extra work it represents for TeX.SX users willing to give you a hand. Help them help you: remove that one hurdle between you and a solution to your problem. – jubobs Dec 9 '13 at 16:58
• done, sorry, too minimal example I guess :) – Irene Dec 9 '13 at 17:01

You don't need the before key; just revert to \normalfont for the label and apply \itshape; by using [description] as optional argument to \setlist only this environment will be affected.

For the bullet, you can easily do it by slightly abusing the font key:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\begin{document}

\setlist[description]{font=\normalfont\itshape\textbullet\space}

\begin{description}
\item [point-referenced data] this should be in normal font
\item [areal data]
\item [point pattern data]
\end{description}

\end{document}


Don't use the pdftex option. It just limits portability and is useless as the packages using it are able to infer it automatically.