I totally agree. I try to write as compliant code as possible, but it's usually the clients that want something they've seen in a Photoshop comp translated to HTML, which doesn't always lead to standards-compliant code. I try to tell them why it shouldn't be done that way, but then they say something to the effect of "well the Web is all about the visual appearance, why do I care about blind users?" It's a hard battle to fight, but sometimes I actually get my way with the clients, and sometimes they actually agree with me.
Originally posted by davidjmedlock
I'm no accessibility expert, but I would think that if you write code that is W3C compliant (which, honestly, I have been guilty of not doing...) and you are very careful in your use of images, you should be able to create a site that is pretty accessible.
When a company hires you to design a site for them, is it too much for them to ask for valid code in return for the large sum of money they pay you? I think not. Maybe a mild increase in your fee is in order if they ask for something special. But to double your price for a more accessible site??? I think it gives designers/programmers a bad name.