Apple Computer may dominate the market for portable music players, but there’s one market it still hasn’t cracked: the lawyers. According to the most recent American Bar Association survey, the percentage of attorneys who use Apple computers has yet to break out of the single digits.
Now the Mac maker has taken another hit. In November, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell launched an enhanced version of Lawyer Locator, its online legal directory, that doesn’t work with Safari, Apple’s Web browser.
According to Martindale executive Joe Douress, the new Web site was tested using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox. Making the site work with Safari would have delayed its launch by two months, Douress says. He adds that since Martindale’s tracking stats indicate that less than 1 percent of its visitors used Safari, “it wasn’t that hard of a decision.
Randy Singer, the moderator of the MacAttorney user group, challenges Martindale’s stats. “Going by [reported hits] is absolutely worthless,” he says. That’s because Apple users often set their browsers to masquerade as Microsoft ones in order to gain access to sites created with Microsoft tools, Singer says.
Martindale isn’t dismissing Apple users: Douress says the site will support Mac browsers by mid-2006. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had better hope he doesn’t have to locate a lawyer before then.