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In the image below, I'm trying to figure out how to horizontally align (a) to be in line with Implications. Effectively, have (a) start where xxx is. What am I doing wrong?

Misalignment

\begin{longtable}{p{2.5cm}p{12cm}}
    Statement: & These principles of information management apply to all organizations within the enterprise. \\
    Rationale: & The only way we can provide a consistent and measurable level of quality information to decision-makers is if all organizations abide by the principles. \\
    Implications: & xxx
        \begin{enumerate}[label={(\alph*)}]
            \setlength\itemsep{0.5em}
            \item Without this principle, exclusions, favoritism, and inconsistency would rapidly undermine the management of information
            \item Information management initiatives will not begin until they are examined for compliance with the principles
            \item A conflict with a principle will be resolved by changing the framework of the initiative
        \end{enumerate}
    \end{longtable}
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    enumerate always start on a new line. And please always post full but minimal examples that others can just copy and test as is. I know here you are using enumitem others might not.
    – daleif
    Mar 17, 2023 at 8:42

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With enumitem package is simple:

Edit: if you like to star enumerate list where is till to now been word xxxx and have it vertical aligned with text in the first column, than you need to vertical move list. For example with inserting it in minipage˛. One option, how to do this is use etoolbox` package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}         % <---
\AtBeginEnvironment{longtable}% <---
{
\setlist[enumerate]{label={(\alph*)}, 
                    align=left, 
                    leftmargin=*, 
                    itemsep=0ex,
                    after=\end{minipage},    % <---
                    before=\begin{minipage}[t]{\linewidth}\raggedright
                    }
}
\usepackage{longtable}

\begin{document}
\begin{longtable}{p{2.5cm}p{12cm}}
    Statement:      & These principles of information management apply to all organizations within the enterprise. \\
    Rationale:      & The only way we can provide a consistent and measurable level of quality information to decision-makers is if all organizations abide by the principles. \\
    Implications:   &   \begin{enumerate}
                    \item Without this principle, exclusions, favoritism, and inconsistency would rapidly undermine the management of information
                    \item Information management initiatives will not begin until they are examined for compliance with the principles
                    \item A conflict with a principle will be resolved by changing the framework of the initiative
                        \end{enumerate}
\end{longtable}
\end{document}

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  • Thank you - I basically need (a) to be where the xxx is.
    – sduplooy
    Mar 17, 2023 at 9:13
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    @sduplooy, is this mean, that I should delete xxxx and put enumerate in line with text in the first column? This is not straightforward ;-), but i will correct answer ASAP
    – Zarko
    Mar 17, 2023 at 12:38
  • That is exactly what I wanted @Zarko! Thank you for your help!
    – sduplooy
    Mar 17, 2023 at 13:47

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