[OS X TeX] environment for symbol notation

Themis Matsoukas matsoukas at engr.psu.edu
Sun Feb 17 17:13:51 EST 2008

On Feb 15, 2008, at 11:38 AM, David Watson wrote:
> How about a tabular environment, something like:
> \begin{tabular}{lp{10cm}}
> $x$ & ong, windy and verbose  description that may span more
>          than one line, but if does, it should be properly indented.  
> \\
> $y$ & newdescription
> \end{tabular}

On Feb 15, 2008, at 12:37 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
> Why not use a tabular (or tabularx) environment? (or longtable if it  
> will span across pages). -Alan

On Feb 15, 2008, at 3:02 PM, Peter C. Lichtner wrote:
> Might want to try:
> % *** DEFLIST ****
> %
> % Aufruf: \begin{deflist}{Label}
> %         \item[label] TeX
> %         \end{deflist}

On Feb 15, 2008, at 6:07 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> Take a look at the nomencl package, it may do what you want.

Thanks to all who made suggestions. For the the time being,  
\begin{tabular}{lp{\textwidth}} seems the easiest way to go. Though  
I've used latex for many years, I did not know about the column  
specification p{}...  The nomencl package is too complicated for my  
needs. It works like makeindex by automatically compiling a  
nomenclature list from tagged keywords in the text. In my case, it is  
much easier to create the list of symbols manually.


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