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How to create a definition list?

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chip.r Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Mar 27, 2011 1:50 PM
I have a document where I need to define several terms and phrases at the beginning. I see that I can easily create bullet and number lists but it is not clear how to create what I think of a definition list where the item to be define is offset, in some way, from the definition.

For reference purposes, here is an example from from the Wikipedia markup language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:List#List_basics

and here is the W3 HTML example:
http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html3/deflists.html

If I could get something that approximated the same effect as either of those, that would be nice.

Thank you.
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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,255 points)
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    Mar 27, 2011 2:17 PM (in response to chip.r)
    Pages is not HTML and does not have objects as content.

    You may define or use a list style that gives you the required indents or numbering but it is only typographical layout with some automatic numbering.

    Given the examples I can see no reason why the standard list styles won't do the job.

    If instead you want lists where the word is aligned to the left and the definition aligns to an inset indent then you need to use a "hanging indent" which is formed with First line Indent with a following tab.

    Peter
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  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:23 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
    An illustration of setting a hanging indent:

    Defintion list (Pages)

    Drag the triangle (paragraph margin stop) to the right. The rectangle (First line indent) will move with it. Place the triangle where you want the definition to start, then drag the rectangle left to where you want the item to start.

    The 'First line indent' applies to the first line of a paragraph. The return key inserts a Paragraph break, making the next line the 'first line' of a new paragraph. To keep the definition as part of the same paragraph, use shift-return at the end of the item name, and return only at the end of the definition.

    Regards,
    Barry

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