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This forum thread is exactly what I'm looking for. I want my description environment to produce this:

Label is long   text 
lab2            blalballalaa
label3          possible second rule
label four      hello world

Someone offered this:

\newenvironment{mydescription}[1]                                                
  {\begin{list}{}%
   {\renewcommand\makelabel[1]{##1:\hfill}%
   \settowidth\labelwidth{\makelabel{#1}}%
   \setlength\leftmargin{\labelwidth}
   \addtolength\leftmargin{\labelsep}}}
  {\end{list}}

Which works great (the parameter is the longest label), except I think the enumitem should be able to do this. Unfortunately, the documentation for it is extremely confusing to me. Could someone show me how to achieve the same result with enumitem?

59

This is one possibility:

\documentclass{article}  
\usepackage{calc}  
\usepackage{enumitem}  

\begin{document}

\begin{description}[leftmargin=!,labelwidth=\widthof{\bfseries The longest label}]
  \item[The longest label] text
  \item[Short]  long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long text
\end{description}

\end{document}

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  • 1
    Thanks for the leftmargin=! option! – paulequilibrio Nov 12 '16 at 15:28
  • I might be doing something wrong, but the same description is giving me the following error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item. ^^I\item[The longest label] – Jakub Arnold Jul 3 at 15:38
1

A solution using the scrextend package (taken from WikiBook):

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{scrextend}
\begin{document}
\begin{labeling}{alligator}  % alligator is the longest label
    \item [\textbf{ant}]really busy all the time
    \item [chimp] likes bananas
    \item [alligator] very dangerous animal, sharp teeth, long
     muscular tail and a bit of text that is longer than one
     line and shows the alignment of text quite nicely
\end{labeling}
\end{document}

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