I'm working with this files:

%%%%%%%%%%% packages
\usepackage{amsfonts}% R ensemble des nombres reels
\usepackage{graphicx}% ajouter des photos
\usepackage{pstricks}% pour dessiner
%%%%%%%%%%%% ab3ad AlsfhA
\textwidth= 15truecm % 
\textheight= 22.27truecm % 
\hoffset= -1.5 cm%truecm %
\voffset= -1.5 cm%truecm %
% `dm Alt^skyl 
% bdAyt Alw_tyqT
\rhead{\RL{Alf.sl Al'awl}}
\lhead{\RL{`nwAn Alf.sl}}




I have this error : Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item.

How to correct this ?

Thank you

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    Read the documentation (arabtex-doc.pdf). There are quite a number of things shouldn't put inside a arabtext environment. And consider to use something more modern -- the documentation is from 1993 and the style from 2003. Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 13:26
  • @UlrikeFischer how i can find it ? have you suggestion to ameliorate it
    – Vrouvrou
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 17:15
  • For the documentation, see baobab.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/ifi/bs/research/arab_e.html The more modern packages to which Ulrike Fischer refers are arabxetex and arabluatex. arabxetex has been around longer, whereas arabluatex is still being developed, so you’ll probably want to start with arabxetex.
    – Thérèse
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 18:55
  • @Thérèse i don't understand what you say what i must do ?
    – Vrouvrou
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 18:59

1 Answer 1


Change this part:


with this:


You can also use $$\exp(x)=0$$, \[ \exp(x)=0 \]instead or even the \equation environment:


but in these three cases you have to put it under the first \chapter or \section command. See the commends below for more.

  • Did you test \[ and \begin{equation}? For me this leads to the same error as reported in the question.
    – leandriis
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 12:49
  • Sorry, I checked only the first out of the three solutions i suggest. I have Live Tex installed. I compiled it with Tex Maker. The second and the third one actually don't work.
    – chadoulis
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 12:50
  • 1
    This might be due to LaTeX seeming to expect text before the first section command. \[ and \begin{equation} result in display math while $ starts in line math. The two display math commands work if one enters a single letter or more text before the \section command.
    – leandriis
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 13:00
  • 1
    Additionally, it should be noted, that using \(and \) in LaTeX should be preferred over using $. (See: tex.stackexchange.com/a/513/134144)
    – leandriis
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 13:02
  • That seems quite reasonable...
    – chadoulis
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 13:03

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