# [Tex/LaTex] itemize vs list

itemizelists

I've come across two ways to display lists, \begin{list} and \begin{itemize}. I couldn't find any information on the list environment. What is the difference between the two?

Here is a simple example:

\begin{list}{--}{}
\item This bullet is within a \verb|\begin{list}|
\item This is a second bullet
\end{list}
\begin{itemize}
\renewcommand\labelitemi{--}
\item This bullet is within a \verb|\begin{itemize}|
\item This is a second bullet
\end{itemize}


list is a basic LaTeX environment used to create list environments of all kinds, including itemize, enumerate and the description environments, as well as the 'trivial' list environments used for such things as quotations and abstracts.

You don't usually use the list environment directly in documents. Instead, it is used to create higher level environments, such as itemize, for use in documents.

Before packages such as enumitem were available, custom description, itemize and enumerate environments were created in this way. (Of course, they still can be, but enumitem makes it unnecessary in most cases.)

Here's an example specifying a simple variant on the description environment.

\documentclass{article}
\makeatletter
\newcommand{\labelpethau}[1]{\textsc{#1:}}
\newlength\normalparindent
\setlength\normalparindent{\parindent}
\newenvironment{pethau}%
{\begin{list}{}%
{\renewcommand{\makelabel}{\labelpethau}%
\setlength{\itemindent}{0pt}%
\setlength{\leftmargin}{0pt}%
\setlength{\labelwidth}{-1\normalparindent}%