I'm using the nomencl-package for a list of symbols. Line breaks are inserted automatically whenever a description of a symbol is too long. However, if a symbol itself is too long, the indentation of the first and second line of the description is not aligned. The following example shows what I mean:





\nomenclature[A]{$a$}{Abc def ghi jkl mno pqr stu vwx yz. 123 456 789 101112 131415 161718 192021}
\nomenclature[A]{$foobar123$}{Abc def ghi jkl mno pqr stu vwx yz. 123 456 789 101112 131415 161718 192021}



This is how the rendered output looks like:

nomencl output

Is it possible to automatically indent all descriptions relative to the longest symbol in the list ($foobar123$ in the example)?

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    Relative to the whole nomenclature, or on a per letter basis?
    – Bernard
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 19:19
  • @Bernard There should be be an indentation of the description after the last letter of the longest symbol ($fooa123$) and the indentation of the description of every other symbol (e.g. $a$) should be aligned with that description.
    – 0xbadf00d
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 4:17
  • Looks like you want a table to display the nomenclature instead of a description list (=> the nomentbl style)
    – cgnieder
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 7:41
  • @clemens I don't know if what you write is what I want. How could I do it?
    – 0xbadf00d
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 9:50
  • I wanted to answer your question but it seems there's a bug when using the nomentbl option. I made a report of this here: github.com/borisveytsman/nomencl/issues/7
    – cgnieder
    Commented Nov 3, 2019 at 15:14

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I think the easiest way to solve the problem is to set the distance between the symbol and its description manually in the preamble of the document:


(where x is replaced with a suitably chosen value).

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