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8.16.2 trivlist: A restricted form of list

Synopsis:

\begin{trivlist}
  ...
\end{trivlist}

A restricted version of the list environment, in which margins are not indented and an \item without an optional argument produces no text. It is most often used in macros, to define an environment where the \item command as part of the environment’s definition. For instance, the center environment is defined essentially like this:

\newenvironment{center}
  {\begin{trivlist}\centering\item\relax}
  {\end{trivlist}}

Using trivlist in this way allows the macro to inherit some common code: combining vertical space of two adjacent environments; detecting whether the text following the environment should be considered a new paragraph or a continuation of the previous one; adjusting the left and right margins for possible nested list environments.

Specifically, trivlist uses the current values of the list parameters (see list), except that \parsep is set to the value of \parskip, and \leftmargin, \labelwidth, and \itemindent are set to zero.

This example outputs the items as two paragraphs, except that (by default) they have no paragraph indent and are vertically separated.

\begin{trivlist}
\item The \textit{Surprise} is not old; no one would call her old.
\item She has a bluff bow, lovely lines.
\end{trivlist}

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