[pdftex] bug with closing square brackets in description environment

gnwiii at gmail.com gnwiii at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 01:03:47 CET 2006

On 3/23/06, Hauke Tschach <ht05r at ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> if in the following code the "\rbkt" is replaced by just "]",
> latex fails to produce a dvi file.
> Hauke
> \documentclass{article}
> \newcommand{\rbkt}{]}
> \begin{document}
> \begin{description}
>   \item[$a[a\rbkt$] here the problem arrises:  just $]$ does not work.
> \end{description}
> \end{document}

If this was a bug, LaTeX would own it.  It is more a question of the
intrinsic trickiness of brackets in LaTeX than a bug.  You have to
hide the ].  This is usually done with "{..}", as in:


but your method works as well.

Another example where brackets must be "hidden" is given in

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
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