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There are three environments for constructing lists. In each one each new item is begun with an \item command. In the itemize environment the start of each item is given a marker, in the enumerate environment each item is marked by a number. These environments can be nested within each other in which case the amount of indentation used is adjusted accordingly:
\item Itemized lists a...
\item The \lq end' command.

The third list making environment is description. In a description you specify the item labels inside square brackets after the \item command. For example:
\begin{verbatim}Three animals that you should
know abo...
\item[armadillo] A medium-sized animal.

Kevin Cooper 2002-03-01