# Trouble creating basic tables

I am currently writing my dissertation in LaTeX, ran into a brick wall creating a simple table.

I want it to look similar to this (Quick mockup done in Numbers)

The main issues I'm facing resolve making the table fit the width of the page without the text spanning on line, I have tried in the traditional tabular and tabularx, but can't seem to get anywhere.

Any assistance would be welcome, thanks !

What I currently have:

\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{l|X}
\textbf{Date Commencing:} & 9th September 2013 \\
\textbf{Weeks Objectives} & My objectives for this week are as follows: \\ Investigate potential project ideas Run project ideas by lecturers
\textbf{Progress} & Date Commencing text goes here \\
\end{tabularx}

• I'm quite sure that you can show what you have tried so far in form of a self-contained and minimal example. – Thorsten Donig Mar 4 '14 at 21:14
• You have l and X the other way around. Avoid empty lines in X columns. – egreg Mar 4 '14 at 21:21

As @egreg has already commented, you seem to have inverted the order of the column types l and X. The following example creates new column types that (a) automatically make everything in the left-hand column bold and (b) use ragged-right rather than full justification -- while allowing hyphenation -- for the material in the right-hand column.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tabularx,lipsum,ragged2e}
\newcolumntype{L}{>{\RaggedRight\arraybackslash}X}
\newcolumntype{b}{>{\bfseries}l}
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{@{}b|L@{}}
Week Commencing & 4 March 2014\\
Objectives & \lipsum*[2]\\
Progress & \lipsum*[3]
\end{tabularx}

\bigskip

\noindent
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{@{}b|L@{}}
Week Commencing & 9th September 2013 \\
Objectives & Investigate potential project ideas \\
& Run project ideas by lecturers\\
Progress & Date Commencing text goes here \\
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}

• Thanks worked perfectly! Saved me going to Word. Thanks once again Mico! – Allister Mar 4 '14 at 22:41
• When did you transform into Jabba the Hutt? – egreg Mar 4 '14 at 23:24
• @egreg - The transformation has been happening slowly and steadily and became complete only recently, during a brief stopover in Tatooine. – Mico Mar 5 '14 at 7:13
• @Mico: Midichlorian Rhapsody :) – Paulo Cereda Mar 5 '14 at 11:43
• @PauloCereda - Makes me want to return to Tatooine right away and finally impose some real order on those rascally humans! – Mico Mar 5 '14 at 20:31