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A Standardized Short Report

This example is similar to the previous one, but here the users are expected to write substantial content. This type of workflow might be used by a small organization whose employees regularly produce standard documents and where the writing tasks for any one document are divided among the authors.

The HTML export facility of Org-mode is used to produce a guide to writing the standardized short report. This HTML file can be used to train new authors. The Org-mode content also supplies substantial direction to experienced authors as they write. Org-mode keywords and tags are used to keep track of writing assignments and progress. Org-babel's literate programming facility makes it possible to present writing tasks to the authors in an order different from which they appear in the report.


  • A working LaTeX installation.


  • The integration of training material with in-file instruction can
  • be quite effective.
  • Many authors find it easy to work from the bottom up, or from the
  • particular to the general, rather than the usual sequence of general-particular-general found in reports.


  • Some features of reftex are not yet integrated into the source
  • code block editor, so writing and editing are sometimes less convenient than writing to the LaTeX document directly.


  • This report must satisfy the requirements set out in [[][the Historic
  • Preservation Division rule]].
  • Complete each of the TODO items.
  • Mark each item DONE when you have completed it.
  • C-c a t will make an agenda of items left to do in this
  • document.
  • C-c a m YOURNAME will make an agenda of writing tasks assigned
  • to you.

TODO Field Methods

TODO Include the following information: [1/7]

DONE Include a citation to the project plan.

  • [X] When the fieldwork was carried out.
  • [ ] Who directed the fieldwork.
  • [ ] The names and qualifications of crew members.
  • [ ] Establishment of site datum and grid.
  • [ ] Excavation tools.
  • [ ] Assignment of contexts.
  • [ ] Bag list.
  • State "DONE" from "TODO" [2009-11-25 Wed 09:53]
  • :END:

\section{Field Methods} \label{sec:field-methods}

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Fieldwork for the project was carried out between December 26, 2008 and February 3, 2009 following an approved plan \cite{plan}.

TODO Results

  • Note the use of Org-mode tags to assign sections to authors Veronica and Eric.
  • Discuss the artifacts and midden recovered during excavation.

TODO Artifacts Veronica

  • State "TODO" from "DONE" [2009-11-25 Wed 09:44]
  • State "DONE" from "TODO" [2009-11-25 Wed 09:44]
  • :END:
  • Use Sinoto's classification of one-piece fishhooks.
  • Cite Anell when describing two-piece fishhooks.
  • Use Emory's classification of adzes when describing
  • cross-section.

\subsection{Description of Artifacts} \label{sec:artifact-description}

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TODO Midden Eric

  • Use Kay for identifying and naming marine shells
  • Cite Ziegler for information on fish habitats

\subsection{Midden} \label{sec:midden}

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\section{Results} \label{sec:results}

This section presents the results of excavation.



TODO Introduction

  • Give the reader a brief overview of the project and its results.

\section{Introduction} \label{sec:introduction}

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  • The LaTeX code here sets up the environment and inserts the
  • defined source code blocks in their report order.
  • A call to org-babel-tangle produces the LaTeX report document.

\documentclass{article} \begin{document} <> <> <> \bibliographystyle{apa} \bibliography{mybib} \end{document}