Can I have

Para numbers     as 1.
sub para         as     (a)
sub sub para     as          (i)
sub sub sub para as               (aa)
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    Does "para" refer to a \paragraph or a \section? There is a big difference. Also, what would the next value for (aa)enumerate to... (bb)?
    – Werner
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 6:30
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    Two questions: First, how important is the indentation of the lower-ranking sectioning "numbers"? Second, do you plan to cross-reference any of these sectioning items? If so, how should the cross-referenced items look like? E.g., should they feature the surrounding parentheses, or should they be rendered (say) as 1.a.i.aa?
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 7:21
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    there is a big chance to have multiples (a) multiples (i) multiples (aa) this way. that's why usually we use 1.a and 2.a.i
    – touhami
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 7:27
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    Assuming the lower-level sectioning headers should be indented, does this imply that the associated text should be indented as well? Please advise.
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 8:01

1 Answer 1


Here's a way if para means \section etc. (In this case, \thesection does not need to be changed).

The (aa) numbering can be obtained by \alphalph and increasing the subparagraph number by 26 only virtually.

I've provided a enumitem way in case a list is actually meant.

In case of the \section - version -- I don't recommend this numbering/labelling style at all!

The question is also: Is the first a of (aa) the label coming from paragraph (a)? Or is it always(aa)`, regardless which numbering the higher level has?






\def\aaitem#1{\expandafter\@aaitem\csname c@#1\endcsname}




\item Foo
  \item Foo Bar
    \item Foo Bar Foo
      \item Foo Bar Foo Bar
      \item Foo Bar Foo Bar Foo
    \item Foo Bar Foo
  \item Foo Bar 
\item Foo

\paragraph{More FooBarFooBar}

\subsubsection{Other FooBarFoo}


\paragraph{Even More FooBarFooBarFoo}



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  • I have a feeling that the custom enumerated list approach is the way to go, as it automatically indents not only the enumerated "numbers" but also any associated text.
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 8:04
  • @Mico: I agree -- actually it was my first idea before trying with the \section way
    – user31729
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 8:11

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