[thelist] Many or More?

Joel D Canfield joel at spinhead.com
Thu Oct 12 11:47:34 CDT 2006

> My statement is "most web pages created since the mid-1990's 
> use tables for
> layout" and she wonders if I should have written "many" 
> instead of "most".
> I don't think there is a way to quantify this statement 
> (easily, that is) so
> I am asking you, would you agree with "most" or "many"?

many. maybe.

Merriam Webster defines 'most' as 'the majority of' (so of course I
looked up 'majority' and it says 'a number or percentage equaling more
than half of a total')

thus, if we're looking only two options, ('tables for layout' and 'not
tables for layout') then 'most' would technically mean at least 51% (or
50.01% or however fine ya wanna slice it.) Anecdotally, that might be a
good assumption, but I don't think most folks (many or most?) would take
'most' to mean 51%.

I'd be inclined to do more research, meself, and see if there was
empirical evidence as to how many sites use tables for layout. My
standards leaning hopes it's 'many', not 'most'


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