# Force itemize inside description onto a new line

I have an itemize inside a description, like this:

\documentclass[]{article}
\usepackage[vmargin=1in,hmargin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[description]{style=nextline}

\begin{document}

\begin{description}
\item[Definition 1]
\begin{itemize}
\item One
\item Two
\item Three
\end{itemize}
\item[Definition 2]
\begin{itemize}
\item Four
\item Five
\end{itemize}
\end{description}

\end{document}


However, despite the style=newline (which works for normal text in a description item), the first item of the itemize is on the same line as the definition:

How can I force the itemize to begin on a new line?

Ideally, I am looking for a solution I can put in an options.sty rather than an in-line solution involving mboxes etc. (the actual latex causing me a problem is being generated from reStructuredText via pandoc, however the snippet above reproduces the problem).

• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please make your code compilable (if possible), or at least complete it with \documentclass{...}, the required \usepackage's, \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. – yo' Jul 21 '14 at 10:32
• Apologies - first post! I have updated my snippet to include everything that I have in my test document - I hope it is sufficient. – mkjpryor Jul 21 '14 at 10:38

You could try some variation on the following:

\documentclass[]{article}
\usepackage[vmargin=1in,hmargin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[itemize]{topsep=0pt,before=\leavevmode\vspace{-1.5em}}
\setlist[description]{style=nextline}
\begin{document}

\begin{description}
\item[Definition 1]
\begin{itemize}
\item One
\item Two
\item Three
\end{itemize}
\item[Definition 2]
\begin{itemize}
\item Four
\item Five
\end{itemize}
\item[Definition 3]
This is a normal description.
\end{description}
\end{document}


This important bit is the \setlist[itemize]{...}. This gives:

• This works really well for the nested lists. However, it doesn't play nice with \setlist[description]{style=nextline} which I am using for definition lists with 'normal' text - it results in large gaps between the definition and the first list item. – mkjpryor Jul 21 '14 at 15:10
• @mkjpryor This was why I removed the \setlist[description]{style=nextline}:) I've modified the example above so that it now uses the vspace as suggested by Harish Kumar in the comments. – user30471 Jul 21 '14 at 21:40

Very easy. Start itemize with a empty item. Like this \item[]. This works well with \setlist[description]{style=nextline} (and enumerate) and if you want to align with description you can add \setlist[itemize,enumerate]{leftmargin=*}.

Further, if you want lists with the normal separation of the text should use the settings \setlist[itemize,enumerate]{itemsep=0pt,parsep=0pt} Here the complete code:

\documentclass[]{article}
\usepackage[vmargin=1in,hmargin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\setlist[description]{style=nextline}
\setlist[itemize,enumerate]{leftmargin=*,itemsep=0pt,parsep=0pt}

\begin{document}

\begin{description}
\item[Definition 1]
\begin{itemize}
\item[]
\item One
\item Two
\item Three
\end{itemize}
\item[Definition 2]
\begin{itemize}
\item[]
\item Four
\item Five
\end{itemize}
\item[Definition 3] This is a specification for \ldots
\item[Definition 4]
\begin{enumerate}
\item[]
\item Six
\item Seven
\end{enumerate}
\end{description}

\end{document}


And the result

• In my document, this still puts a dot on the same line as the definition where it thinks the first (empty) list item is. Am I missing something? – mkjpryor Jul 21 '14 at 12:26
• Check to see if you forgot the square brackets [] after of \item. Put \item[] is very important. This also works for enumerate. – skpblack Jul 21 '14 at 16:03
• And you don't need modify your specifications with \setlist[...]{...}. – skpblack Jul 21 '14 at 16:26