I often quote text (legal sources). Normally I use the quoting-package and csquotes (block quote).

Often, the quotation contains some lists, and often with a non-standard numbering (f. ex. § 4-1(a)), or I have to start the numbering at a arbitrary level. I find it cumbersome to define newlist environments using enumitem because all I need is one or two paragraph of text. Inside a quoting environment, I often struggle to define the correct indentation with enumitem.

What is the easiest and best solution? If the solution survives nested quoting-environment, it is a bonus (for me).

This is the quoted text that suddenly
and unfortunately contains some numbered
11. Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum 
    Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum. 
17. Lorem ipsum sucendium ipsum Lorem ipsum 
    Lorem ipsum. 

To make my question clearer (maybe): What I am looking for, was a command (f ex \hi for hanging indent) to put in between the number and rest of the text, aligning the remaining text f. ex. at parindent from the last used left margin.

11.\hi Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum 
    Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum. 

That is: Something similar to put a TAB between a character and rest of the text in a paragraph in M$ Word, and then press CTRL+T.

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    Please provide a MWE where enumitem plus quoting results in incorrect list indentation.
    – lockstep
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 20:35
  • I said I struggled to find the correct indentation. Not that the packages produced incorrect indentation. If you need may be four or five different lists due to inconsistent numbering schemes in your source, defining mylists with enumitem is not the simplest, in my opinion.
    – Sveinung
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 22:18
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    The non-standard numbering isn't too worrying- you can always use the enumitem package to resume lists. If it comes to it, you can always provide the \item with its optional argument, e.g, \item[17] (although that's obviously not ideal)
    – cmhughes
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 23:53
  • I know I can use enumitem and tweak it to whatever I want. My wish was that somebody would show me a simpler solution to make a hanging paragraph.
    – Sveinung
    Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 15:20

1 Answer 1


I don't see a need to define new enumerate-like environments with \newlist when combining enumitem and quoting. Simply use keys like label* and start in the optional argument of specific enumerate environments.



\newcommand*{\sometext}{Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This
    text should show, how a printed text will look like at this place.
    If you read this text, you will get no information.}



\item An item with Roman numering

\item An abitrarily numbered item


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  • I found a solution in "Tex by Topic", but it did not function inside the "quote"-environment. What I need is a macro that scans until first space, put the scanned characters in a hbox, measure the box, advance the leftmargin to parindent-box and line up rest of the paragraph at parindent. And can be used in a list/trivlist-environment. I found some code in the footmisc-package that may be adaptable (except is have no scanning).
    – Sveinung
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 16:43

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