# [texhax] How to prevent page break in description environment item

Alan Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Sun Nov 1 01:21:44 CET 2015

True, I did think of that.

Thank you for prompting me to take a more careful look at the problem.

Here is a solution (attribution to Ulrike Fischer):

\makeatletter
\makeatother

Apply as

\begin{document}

\vspace{232mm}

\begin{description}
Description of first item
Description of second item
\end{description}

\end{document}

While this does not redefine the list item, I am not certain one would
want to make such a change in case it breaks something else. My
preference in this case would be to resolve a local problem. That is,
there are many more cases where you would want a subsequent list item
paragraph to appear on a new page than for the previous paragraph(s) to
be dragged onto it.

Regards
Alan

On 1/11/15 12:48 pm, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> On 2015-11-01 at 07:48:08 +1300, Alan Litchfield wrote:
>
>   > On 1/11/15 2:26 am, Moritz Sichert wrote:
>   >> Hi,
>   >>
>   >> I have this code:
>   >>
>   >> \begin{description}
>   >>    \item[first item] \hfill \\
>   >>      Description of first item
>   >>    \item[second item] \hfill \\
>   >>      Description of second item
>   >> \end{description}
>   >>
>   >>
>   >> And it generates something like this:
>   >>
>   >> First Item
>   >>    Description of first Item
>   >> Second Item
>   >> -------- PAGE BREAK ----------
>   >>    Description of second item
>   >>
>   >>
>   >> How can I prevent the page break between the title of an item and its
>   >> description?
>   >>
>   >> I tried adding \nopagebreak after \descriptionlabel like this:
>   >>
>   >> \let\orig at descriptionlabel\descriptionlabel
>   >> \renewcommand*{\descriptionlabel}[1]{\orig at descriptionlabel{#1}\nopagebreak}
>   >>
>   >> But that didn't change anything. Adding \nopagebreak around the second
>   >> item in the code also didn't prevent the break.
>
>   > Put \newpage{} at the end of the prior description item.
>   >
>   > \begin{description}
>   >    \item[first item] \hfill \\
>   >      Description of first item \newpage{}
>   >    \item[second item] \hfill \\
>   >      Description of second item
>   > \end{description}
>
> But what happens if stuff is added in front of the description
> environment?  The first item will appear on the next page, immediately
> followed by a \newpage.
>
> I don't think that your suggestion is a solution.  What Moritz
> attempts is to re-define LaTeX macros in order to prevent page breaks
> at certain places in his document without manual intervention.
>
> Regards,
>    Reinhard
>

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