is a User Advocate specializing in Web usability and a principal of
Nielsen Norman Group
, which he co-founded with Dr.
Donald A. Norman
, former Vice President of Apple Research. Until 1998, Dr. Nielsen was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer and led that company's
Web usability efforts
starting with the original design of
in early 1994. His previous affiliations include the IBM User Interface Institute, Bell Communications Research, and the Technical University of Denmark. Nielsen is the author of the bestselling textbooks "
" and "
Multimedia and Hypertext: The Internet and Beyond
"; his next book on Web design will be published by New Riders in August 1999. Since 1995, Nielsen has written the biweekly
column about Web usability; his website received 5 million page views in 1998. Nielsen has been called "
the guru of Web page usability
The New York Times
) and "
the smartest person on the Web
Ziff-Davis Network), and "
the next best thing to a true time machine
. He holds 24 U.S. patents, mainly on ways to make the Internet easier to use.
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