# Create a notation summary in latex?

Hi guys I'm writing a report with a lot of math symbols that I would like to collect in a single table at the beginning of the document, like some math books do. Is there a simple way to do that?

Morevoer, since there are some important equations, I would like to summarize them too.

So I was thinking a of creating the following:

1. Notation summary.
2. Equation summary.

For the point 2 I have been thinking something like the table of Fourier/inverse Fourier transform pair, but where one column has a very short description and the other has the equation.

How to do this as well?

(The picture below shows what kind of result i want to achieve)

• You can do that with nomencl, glosstex or glossaries. – Bernard Oct 21 '15 at 14:05
• What's the difference among them? – user8469759 Oct 21 '15 at 14:13
• As far as I know (never used any of them), nomencl is specialised in lists of symbols, glossaries is powerful general system that can use xindy. You might want to take a look at their documentations, e. g. via the TeX catalogue on line – Bernard Oct 21 '15 at 14:21
• Devil's advocate here. I have made a manual table for notations on my thesis without relying on packages, even though I used glossaries for acronyms. This is because I found it just as easy if not easier to make a manual table for notation and symbols. Using say glossaries would require putting commands on first mention of every symbol I want, and which means it's all over the place. I will put an example answer later. – Mobius Pizza Oct 21 '15 at 14:23
• @MobiusPizza: Using \glsaddall will provide all defined symbols, regardless whether they are used or not – user31729 Oct 21 '15 at 14:31

Here's an example for the symbol notation table with glossaries, removing the page numbers by applying a user-defined glossary-style.

Say \glsaddall to provide all symbols at once!

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[acronym,nomain]{glossaries}              % use glossaries-package

\setlength{\glsdescwidth}{15cm}

\makeglossaries                                   % activate glossaries-package

% ==== EXEMPLARY ENTRY FOR SYMBOLS LIST =========================================
\newglossaryentry{symb:Pi}{name=\ensuremath{\pi},
description={Geometrical value},
type=symbolslist}

\newglossaryentry{height}{name=\ensuremath{h},
description={Height of tower},
type=symbolslist}

\newglossaryentry{energyconsump}{name=\ensuremath{P},
description={Energy consumption},
type=symbolslist}

\newglossarystyle{notationlong}{%
\setglossarystyle{long}% base this style on the list style
\renewenvironment{theglossary}{% Change the table type --> 3 columns
\begin{longtable}{lp{0.6\glsdescwidth}}}%
{\end{longtable}}%

\bfseries Sign & \bfseries Description \\
\hline
\renewcommand*{\glossentry}[2]{%  Change the displayed items
\glstarget{##1}{\glossentryname{##1}} %
& \glossentrydesc{##1}
\tabularnewline
}

}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}

\printglossary[type=symbolslist,style=notationlong]   % list of symbols

\blindtext


• @Lukkio: It works of course for article, report etc. too – user31729 Oct 21 '15 at 14:59