# Redefining the item label in beamerarticle

I want to use $\bullet$ for the item label. In most LaTeX classes I would use

\usepackage{enumitem}
\setitemize{label=$\bullet$}


However this won't work in beamerarticle since enumitem doesn't play nice with everything beamer-related (see for instance Trouble combining enumitem and beamer)

Here is an example that pdflatex will fail to compile (in TeXLive 2014).

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}
\usepackage{beamerarticle}
\setitemize{label=$\bullet$}
\begin{document}

\begin{description}
\item[first item] blabla
\item[second item] blabla
\end{description}

\end{document}


Note that I don't want to redefine the default description environment in article, only replace the "-" label used in the itemize environment with a $\bullet$.

I also tried

\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$}


but it needs to be put it in every document. There is a conflict with the french option of babel. See for instance:

with test.cls containing

\NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
\ProvidesClass{test}

\RequirePackage[french]{babel}
\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$}
\endinput


the following uses the regular "-" for item labels whereas it uses bullets if babel is not loaded with the french option.

\documentclass{test}
\title{Essai}
\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
\item blabla
\item blabla
\end{itemize}

\end{document}


Any ideas?

• It is \labelitemi and not \labelitem... and why do you say that it doesn't work if placed in a .cls file? – karlkoeller Mar 6 '15 at 6:47
• I investigated further and noticed that the problem arises from a conflict with \RequirePackage[french]{babel} – wilk Mar 6 '15 at 13:39
• @wilk You're right and an answer has been provided below. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 6 '15 at 14:05

With the french module for babel, you need to do the change \AtBeginDocument:

\AtBeginDocument{\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$}}


A complete example:

\documentclass{article}
\title{Essai}

\RequirePackage[french]{babel}
\AtBeginDocument{\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$}}

\begin{document}

\begin{itemize}
\item blabla
\item blabla
\end{itemize}

\end{document}


Your test.cls then will be

\NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}
\ProvidesClass{test}

\RequirePackage[french]{babel}
\AtBeginDocument{\renewcommand{\labelitemi}{$\bullet$}}
\endinput

• Thanks, I'm confused as to why you cannot do the \renewcommand after loading babel in the preamble, and instead you have to do it in the document itself. – wilk Mar 6 '15 at 17:35
• @wilk You don't have to do it in the document. As I showed you can do it in the class file, but you need to do instruct TeX to postpone the \renewcommand after \begin{document} (not exactly after, but that's not relevant here); otherwise, it won't have any effect since the french module also redefines the labels \AtBeginDocument. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 6 '15 at 17:41
• The way I see it using AtBeginDocument is roughly equivalent to putting the command after \begin{document}. And I was surprised that loading babel compels you to put this change to \labelitemi after \begin{document} (even through \AtBeginDocument) when you can otherwise put it before \begin{document}. It doesn't really matter in the end since I have a working solution, thanks to you. – wilk Mar 7 '15 at 0:09
• @wilk I see. You can post, if you want, your solution as an answer (it could be helpful for other users). – Gonzalo Medina Mar 7 '15 at 0:16
• The working solution is in fact your suggestion of using \AtBeginDocument – wilk Mar 7 '15 at 6:45