I have to include algorithms in a paper and they must appear as follows:

[A]     X ← X-1
        Y ← Y+1
        IF X ≠ 0 GOTO A

so I am trying to replicate this exactly, exploring some new packages as well but unfortunately it seems I can't get the hang of it. I'm finding particularly difficult including the [A] label before the statement and then the space on the next line. Is there any formatting tip I can follow or any package I can include?

Edit: For the assignment part I would love to use the math mode, mostly because there are lots of math signs I have to include, as for the appearence it should really be rendered as shown above: the label on the left, if present and if not there should be a nice space and all the statements must be stacked and aligned.

  • Have you tried the alltt package and environment?
    – recluze
    Jan 11, 2013 at 15:48
  • What about a tabular?
    – egreg
    Jan 11, 2013 at 15:50
  • ... or even a tabbing environment?
    – guillem
    Jan 11, 2013 at 15:54
  • @egreg if I used tabular there should be a line between the label and the statement, shouldn't it? I definitely don't want that.
    – haunted85
    Jan 11, 2013 at 15:55
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    @haunted85 Why? \begin{tabular}{@{}ll@{}} will give you the alignment you need. Also tabbing could be a possibility, as @guillem says. Can you add some more details? Should it use math mode for the "assignment parts"? What about the label? Should the whole thing be centered or flush left?
    – egreg
    Jan 11, 2013 at 15:57

1 Answer 1


I'll make some assumptions about what you want.

  • The label is in text form
  • The second part of the line is in math mode
  • The whole thing should be flush left

So, let's try:



  {\begin{flushleft}\begin{tabular}{@{} l @{\hspace{3em}} >{$}l<{$} @{}}}

\newcommand{\goto}[1]{\textup{GOTO #1}}


Some text before the algorithm, explaining what it does
and then the algorithm itself:
\algolabel{A} & X \gets X-1 \\
              & Y \gets Y+1 \\
              & \keyw{IF}\ X\ne 0\ \goto{A}
and some text after it.


Language keywords can be used in the argument of \keyw; the special one "GOTO" is in \goto that takes the label as argument.

You can also consider specialized package such as algpseudocode.

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    Yes, thank you so much for your help! :) If you are willing and have time, will you please explain what you have put in the \newenvironment part?
    – haunted85
    Jan 11, 2013 at 16:23

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