Zeldmand says: "Lack of knowledge is a huge problem in our industry..."
This question is not necessarily for Zeldman to answer...
Why do you think it is that there is such a lack of knowledge in our
industry? I work for a big IT consulting firm, and the current web project
I'm on didn't even think to register a domain name (this was back before I
came onto the project).
In my case, I think that sofware developers look at web developers and turn
up their noses, but that's just my opinion.
I think there is also a "factory" mentality in this business. Rather than
hammer out car chassis all day, our project managers push us hammer out code
as fast as we can and rush the thing out the door, then move onto the next
project, which is such a poor way of doing things. Personally, I've never
figured out why no one has ever thought to try and unionize web designers.
We're the steel workers of the 21st century.