I would really love to be able to create an ordered list in org-mode that also has descriptions for each item. I've added an example below. The first option works as expected. The second fails and prints out the description separator verbatim. I've also created a third option manually that shows what I think it should look like when it works. Is there anyway I can create this automatically? Meaning that "Ordered List with Descriptions" would produce the same output as "Fake Ordered List with Descriptions".

* Unordered List with Descriptions
- item1 :: item one
- item2 :: item two
- item3 :: item three

* Ordered List with Descriptions
1. item1 :: item one
2. item2 :: item two
3. item3 :: item three

* Ordered List with Fake Descriptions
1. *item1* item one
2. *item2* item two
3. *item3* item three

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  • What do you mean by "automatically"? What input do you want to provide to get the desired output? – NickD Oct 29 '20 at 13:26
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    I'd like "Ordered List with Descriptions" to produce the same output as "Fake Ordered List with Descriptions" – oneself Oct 30 '20 at 15:32
  • I'm sorry, I still don't understand: are you saying that the Org mode buffer would look like the "Ordered List with Descriptions" and that when you export to LaTeX, the output would appear like the "Fake Ordered List with Descriptions"? Or are you saying something else? – NickD Oct 30 '20 at 15:39
  • Just a small nit: what u call fake ordered list with description I'd call ordered list with fake description. – Rusi Oct 30 '20 at 15:56
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    How to get it I don't know but pls try inserting in "1." etc a zero width space (C-x 8 RET) between the number eg 1 and the "." (don't have my m/c handy just now to try... Sorry) – Rusi Oct 30 '20 at 15:58

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