I want something as follow:

  \item[(A)] \label{hyp:a} foo 
  \item[(X)] \label{hyp:x} bar
  \item[(G)] \label{hyp:g} foo bar

Now referencing to hypothesis \ref{hyp:a}, \ref{hyp:x} and \ref{hyp:g}.

The last line should produce:

Now referencing to (A), (X) and (G).

For now, it produces:

Now referencing to , and .

I used random letters A, X and G so that you understand that a enumerated \alph* list is not what I want.

(Also, if it has any importance, I actually want that the list with custom label inside an item of another normally enumerated list.)

  • The \item[foo] does not set \@currentlabel so there is nothing to reference there
    – user31729
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 17:15
  • I think you are looking for this answer here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/365322/…
    – koleygr
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 17:22
  • @ChristianHupfer Perfect, that is exactly it.
    – Pece
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 12:08
  • @koleygr Thanks, but the answer is way more to cumbersome for what I want. I have only one list that I want to do this on, so I'll just change \@currentlabel by hand on those item instead of redefining the behaviour of \item.
    – Pece
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 12:10
  • Nice... Glad that you found your way... (Not deleting the comment because it may help other users)... I think there was an answer here that deleted (not sure) and was using \href... It is an option too if you do manual all the work needed
    – koleygr
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 12:15

1 Answer 1


\item[foo]\label{foo} will not place a correct label, neither for the reference itself nor the linking if hyperref is used, since no counter is involved with the \item[] version of \item.

A possible solution is define an explicit \@currentlabel, then apply \label, thereby faking the usage of some counter.

The package crossreftools provides \crtcrossreflabel for such occurences. The optional value is the label name. However, since \item[...] is used, {\crtcrossreflabel{}[]} has to be applied in order to protect the []. The correct hyper anchor is ensured with \phantomsection inside already.

I've provided a simple inline method with \optionaldesc with \phantomsection which basically the same behavior as \crtcrossreflabel,





\item[{\crtcrossreflabel{(A)}[hyp:a]}] foo 
\item[\optionaldesc{(X)}{hyp:x}] bar
\item[{\crtcrossreflabel{(G)}[hyp:g]}] foo bar
Now referencing to hypothesis \ref{hyp:a}, \ref{hyp:x}
and \ref{hyp:g}

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