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It appears to be somewhat tedious work to use the glossaries package and I prefer not having an explicit dependency on Perl scripts to process my LaTeX documents. So what I would ask is, how can one format a glossary nicely, without resorting to using the glossaries package?

I guess something between how a subparagraph looks but with tabular alignment.

LaTeX newbie here. :-)

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    This looks probably complicated if you're new to LaTeX but Nicola Talbot has written a nice article about Creating a glossary without using an external indexing application. I for my part find glossaries not too hard to use, actually...
    – cgnieder
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 8:27
  • Thanks - I'll read that! I just found out that my application Texpad, has an index typesetter. So it becomes simpler to use glossaries. Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 8:39
  • You can make the "explicit dependency" an "implicit one" with programs like arara or latexmk ;)
    – yo'
    Commented Oct 27, 2012 at 8:52

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