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11.3 @enumerate: Making a Numbered or Lettered List

@enumerate is like @itemize (see section @itemize: Making an Itemized List), except that the labels on the items are successive integers or letters instead of bullets.

Write the @enumerate command at the beginning of a line. The command does not require an argument, but accepts either a number or a letter as an option. Without an argument, @enumerate starts the list with the number ‘1’. With a numeric argument, such as ‘3’, the command starts the list with that number. With an upper- or lowercase letter, such as ‘a’ or ‘A’, the command starts the list with that letter.

Write the text of the enumerated list in the same way as an itemized list: write a line starting with @item at the beginning of each item in the enumeration. It is ok to have text following the @item, and the text for an item can continue for several paragraphs.

You should put a blank line between entries in the list. This generally makes it easier to read the Info file.

Here is an example of @enumerate without an argument:

@enumerate
@item
Underlying causes.

@item
Proximate causes.
@end enumerate

This produces:

  1. Underlying causes.
  2. Proximate causes.

Here is an example with an argument of 3:


@enumerate 3
@item
Predisposing causes.

@item
Precipitating causes.

@item
Perpetuating causes.
@end enumerate

This produces:

  1. Predisposing causes.
  2. Precipitating causes.
  3. Perpetuating causes.

Here is a brief summary of the alternatives. The summary is constructed using @enumerate with an argument of a.


  1. @enumerate

    Without an argument, produce a numbered list, starting with the number 1.

  2. @enumerate positive-integer

    With a (positive) numeric argument, start a numbered list with that number. You can use this to continue a list that you interrupted with other text.

  3. @enumerate upper-case-letter

    With an uppercase letter as argument, start a list in which each item is marked by a letter, beginning with that uppercase letter.

  4. @enumerate lower-case-letter

    With a lowercase letter as argument, start a list in which each item is marked by a letter, beginning with that lowercase letter.

You can also nest enumerated lists, as in an outline.


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