\item First item
 \item Second item
The label argument specifies the default label for items in the list; it may be overriden with the optional argument of the \item command. It is a piece of text that is inserted in a box to form the label. This argument can and usually does contain other LaTeX commands.

The spacing argument contains commands to change the spacing parameters for the list. This argument will most often be null, i.e. {}. This will select default spacings, which depends on the document style and options, and which should suffice for most cases. However, the commands which can be put here are

An Example

An simple example of things that can be done with the List Enviroment will illustrate typical usage of the arguments. The following will make a list numbered by "Item-#", where the # is an upper case Roman numeral, and will indent the right margin the same as the left margin (it is not normally indented in most styles).
  %    define "Lcount" as a counter
  %    set the "default" label to print counter as a Roman numeral 
  %    inform the list command to use this counter
  %    set rightmargin equal to leftmargin
  %    we can now begin the "items"
  \item This is the first item
  \item And this is the second item
Note that this would produce something like:
     Item-I  This is the first item
     Item-II And this is the second item

See Lists, Environments, Counters, Lenghts
See also \item
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Revised: Sheldon Green, 23 Oct 1995.