I would like to include a section in my appendix which shows a list of mathematical symbols, operators, etc. with a textual explanation right next to them. Ideally they should be separated by dots (like in the table of contents).

How can I achieve that? Is that what glossary is for?

Here is my current setup:


\section{Appendix 2}
Lorem ipsum ...

EDIT: Some more code from my setup


And here my glossary entries

  • Something like tex.stackexchange.com/questions/269565/… perhaps? glossaries can do this almost out of the box – user31729 Oct 14 '15 at 9:36
  • That might be a good start. Thx for pointing it out! – user2426316 Oct 14 '15 at 9:47
  • mmh.. the look is not really what I want. it gives me separate chapter headers and does go into my "notation" section. Is there any way I can make my own glossary. I just need a list of variables with their definitions ideally separated by dots – user2426316 Oct 14 '15 at 10:00
  • Perhaps you should start first providing a MWE – user31729 Oct 14 '15 at 10:01
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    You could also just define a tabular environment in the section, what would be against it? – JJM Driessen Oct 14 '15 at 10:21

Instead of automation, I went with a simple tabular (actually, a longtabu for multi-page compatibility). A \quad for indentation makes enough horizontal white space, manual \\[3pt] spacing to group the list by starting letter.


list of symbols



\textbf{Symbol} & \textbf{Description} \\
$a\in A$ & \textbf{arc} (directed) from vertex $v_i$ to $v_j$, set of arcs \\
$\phantom{a\in{}}A^\text{p}_{v}$ & \quad arriving arcs into vertex $v$ (\emph{predecessor}) \\
$\phantom{a\in{}}A^\text{s}_{v}$ & \quad leaving arcs from vertex $v$ (\emph{successor}) \\[3pt]
$b \in B_{e}$ & \textbf{building}, set of buildings along edge $e$ \\
$b_\text{eff}$ & concurrence effect (parameter) \\[3pt]
$c\in C$ & \textbf{commodity}, set of commodities \\[3pt]
$e\in E$ & \textbf{edge}, set of edges \\[3pt]
& \dots \\[3pt]
$v\in V$ & \textbf{vertex}, set of vertices
  • This won't break over pages if the list is considerably longer – user31729 Oct 14 '15 at 13:11
  • Indeed. As I wrote, I actually use the longtabu environment. For the sake of a MWE, I omitted the dependency. – ojdo Oct 14 '15 at 14:35

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