# Make sublist look like first level list

I'm using a wide list of the enumitem package. Except for having a label at the beginning of each item, the items of the wide list look like ordinary text. I would like a list inside the wide list to look exactly as if it were at first level. However, it seems to inherit the changes due to the wide option of the parenting list. How can the default indentation values be restored? See a self-explanatory example below.

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}
Normal text. Now a wide' list:
\begin{enumerate}[wide]
\item This is a list for long text and therefore has no left margin.
\begin{enumerate}[label=(\alph*)]
\item This has a strange indentation\\
It should be indented exactly like (*) below since to the reader it should look as if we were on the first list level, not the second.
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}

And now a normal list:
\begin{enumerate}[label=(\alph*)]
\item This (first level) list (*) is being referred to.\\
New line of the same item.
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


Here is a way to do it. I think, however, a list inside a wide list should have its label aligned with the label of the wide, not with the label of a ‘general’ first level list, as the latter is slightly shifted to the left of a paragraph indent (~ 2.5-3pt), which doesn't lok too good, in my opinion. Demo: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{enumitem}

\begin{document}
Normal text. Now a wide' list:
\begin{enumerate}[wide]
\item This is a list for long text and therefore has no left margin. Text text text text text text text text text Text text text text text text text text text
\begin{enumerate}[label=(\alph*), wide=0.95\parindent, leftmargin =2.8em]
\item This item is aligned with the above first level item. \\
It should be indented exactly like (*) below since to the reader it should look as if we were on the first list level, not the second.
\end{enumerate}
\item This is another item with long text. Text text text text text text text text text Text text text text text text text text text
\begin{enumerate}[label=(\alph*),labelindent =0.3\parindent, align = right, leftmargin =2.5em , labelsep=! ]
\item This one has a the normal indentation of a first level list. \\
It is indented exactly like (*) below since to the reader it should look as if we were on the first list level, not the second.
\end{enumerate}
\end{enumerate}

And now a normal list:
\begin{enumerate}[label=(\alph*)]
\item This (first level) list (*) is being referred to.\\
New line of the same item.
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


• Thanks. But the two (a)'s still do not have the same distance from the left margin. Now, clearly I could play around with the numbers until it looks ok, but... is there a way to get it exactly right, i.e., to recover the default spacing? Feb 14 '15 at 20:00
• The first (a) is exactly aligned with the 1 of the above level list. The ‘normal’ list is not well aligned: the distance to the left margin is not quite the value of parindent, as is the first list and its sublist. Perhaps in your preamble you should set normal lists as the sublist, with the \setlist command. Feb 14 '15 at 20:28
• I am not sure if I understand you correctly. The last list ("normal list") is the standard list when no parameter has been changed (except for the label). I asked how the second level list can be made to look exactly like the "normal list", which is obviously not the case here: Both the label and the item text are at a different spot. Feb 15 '15 at 9:07
• @Deniz: I updated my answer to fully satisfy your requirement, but I still think ‘normal’ lists should have their indentation slightly modified. See my explanations. Feb 15 '15 at 12:05