# Re: [O] Using Org for a dissertation

```Hi Richard,

I recently have written my dissertation in orgmode.```
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I switched to latex for the final 4 weeks between the correction version (completely written in orgmode) and the final version.
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What I liked about org:
- Outlining functionality
- Synopsis drawers and view
- Markup
- Compiling subtrees
- noexport tag
- tagging

What I disliked/ preferred in auctex:
- missing footnote folding in stable version
- footnotes frequently lead to trouble with overlapping latex groups.
- missing/spare syntax highlighting
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- reference handling in especial w.r.t headings (if you change the heading you use the reference)
```- debugging
- missing subfigure abilities
- compile time i.e. if you have much babel-snippets
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- whitespace handling i.e. after e.g. \si{someunit} (you cannot place a footnote at the place where it should be.
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The main reasons to switch to auctex in the end for me has been the much better debugging possibilities and the better reftex integration (you have to fix quite a bit of wrong references in the final stage of your work. Furthermore, I had to do some additional time consuming debugging of the orgmode markup several times (most frequently related to org-babel).
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I would do it again but I'd switch to latex as soon as the basic structure of the text is fixed.
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Just my 2 cents.

Best Markus

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