# [texhax] The visual effect of optional settings in inline lists

Rolf Turner r.turner at auckland.ac.nz
Wed May 19 05:57:06 CEST 2010

On 19/05/2010, at 3:38 PM, P. R. Stanley wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> What is the general purpose and visual effect of the optional
> settings in the inparaenum environment in the document below?
>
> What I'm trying to achieve is to have the item index (numeral or
> alphebetical) enclosed in a  pair of parentheses if, that is to say,
> parents are indeed the right punctuations to use in in inline lists.
>
> %start source
> \documentclass[a4paper, 12bp]{article}
>
> \usepackage{paralist}
>
> \begin{document}
> I have two items in this list
> \begin{inparaenum}[\itshape a \upshape] %the optional args
> \item this is the first item and
> \item this is the second.
> \end{inparaenum}
>
> \end{document}
> %end source]

Tried out your code; as far as I can discern the \itshape'' parameter
makes the item counters (i.e. a'' and b'' appear in italic font.
Without it, the a'' and b'' appear in the regular roman font.

As far as I can discern, the \upshape'' parameter has no effect
whatever!!!  Others may set me straight on this.

Hope this is some help.

cheers,

Rolf Turner

P. S. Apropos of nothing much, I got a LaTeX warning:

LaTeX Warning: Unused global option(s):
[12bp].

This may indicate something wrong with my installation --- might explain why
\upshape'' has no effect for me.  Or not .....

R. T.

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