I would really (really) appreciate it if someone could give me the code in enumitem that does the following:

I need just one indexing set (roman numerals) and the flexibility to change space between items in the list; space between the left vertical margin and the items in the list; and the space before and after the list of items.

I have been trying for a day to get this and have been left a broken man.

  • Have you looked at the basic list?
    – mythealias
    Aug 28, 2012 at 16:16

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The following MWE builds a new list type and fiddles with the parameters you request. (In fact, you don't need to build a new list type, but can drop the \newlist command and replace newenum with enumerate henceforth.)


\newlist{newenum}{enumerate}{1} %1 is max depth
\setlist[newenum,1]%set params for list level 1
{ label=(\arabic*), %arabic labelling
  itemindent=0.9cm, % hor. space before "bullet"
  labelsep=0.4cm, % hor. space between "bullet" and label
  itemsep=0.5cm, % ver. space between items
  topsep=1cm % ver. space before and after list

List Starts.

 \item List 
 \item Continues

List Over.

Using that, you can fiddle with the spacing parameters quite easily. The horizontal spacing is very customisable, so I recommend checking out Sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the enumitem manual to achieve precisely what you want.

  • This does not compile with the standalone class. Change it to article.
    – azetina
    Aug 28, 2012 at 16:38
  • @azetina, huh, really? :) It works perfectly fine with standalone for me. (I'll change it anyways, though not sure why it would make a difference.)
    – badroit
    Aug 28, 2012 at 19:40
  • Hi, thanks for your answer. This was the kind of thing I was looking for. I really like the flexibility it gives me. However, there doesn't seem to be a way of getting the vertical space between the start of the list and the thing above (e.g. a lemma) to anything less than what look likes roughly a \bigskip. Aesthetically this is a problem for me as I'm a using vertical spacing of \medskip for most of my document.
    – user32259
    Aug 30, 2012 at 15:27
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    Sorry, I'm being an idiot. It's all working beautifully. Cheers!
    – user32259
    Aug 30, 2012 at 15:59
  • Hi, I have one slight glitch with your answer: how do I make the bullet points align with the left margin? Cheers.
    – user32259
    Aug 31, 2012 at 12:22

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