I have several lists in my thesis document that look like this:

    \item 0x0000 - free cluster
    \item 0xFFFF - last cluster of the file (still including file data)
    \item 0xFFF7 - bad cluster

I'm using enumitem.

My question: how to style this correctly? I think my use of hyphens is not appropriate, but it looks strange with \dots. Is there a standard way to do this?

  • sorry, but your question is not clear. where you have \dots? standard way to write list is use standard itemize (without nosep), all others is customized. how to do this, is opinion based.
    – Zarko
    May 14, 2018 at 7:06
  • I think you want to use \begin{itemize}[label=\textendash, nosep]. That is the usual French style for itemize-like lists. Some also use the emdash (erroneously, in my opinion).
    – Bernard
    May 14, 2018 at 8:26

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If I understand your question correctly, you want each item to start with the hex value, followed by (here) a hyphen, followed by text. I'd use an en-dash instead of a hyphen. The easiest way to get that is replacing the single hyphens by double hyphens ('--') which will be written as en-dashes.

You might also want to look at using the form \item[0x000]-- free cluster, where the optional arguments to \item will be right-aligned (but can flow into the left margin). Another option is the 'description' environment.

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