If you want to include a glossary, definitions or some other descriptive list in your LaTeX document, you can make use of the description list type. This is a lot like the other list types except that \item can take an argument, the item `name’, in square brackets (ie: \item[Tim Murphy] Author of http://timmurphy.org). In the default style, this will print the item name in bold with the description to the right. But this can easily be made prettier with styling.

So, for example:

\begin{description}
    \item[IRR] Internal Rate of Return
    \item[NPV] Net Present Value
    \item[PPP] Purchasing Power Parity
\end{description}

Would look something like:

IRR Internal Rate of Return
NPV Net Present Value
PPP Purchasing Power Parity

  1. Will says:

    Thanks! Nice blog. Looks like we like some of the same stuff.