htaccess special characters solution
thanks for the help - its an unusual solution whereby entering in notepad:
in place of the Ž makes it work,
but, when saving the htaccess and reopening it, the √ę actually shows as Ž.
ok so if it changes also in posting this message, im talking about a capital A with ~ above and 2 left arrows in 1 character like a small << - this changes into an Ž on notepad saving - and works in htaccess.
this issue therefore is something to do with text file encoding - when copy pasting an Ž from the browser address bar, or an Ž from anywhere else, putting it in the htaccess does not work.
when putting in this √ę it just works - even when reopening the htaccess it looks exactly the same as an Ž. - i'm happy its fixed because of losing pages in the index and then webmaster tools started getting 404 and 403 crawl errors.
hopefully this thread will appear in google for anyone else searching for apache htaccess special characters (one or two others seem to have had this problem unresolved.)
so thanks for encouragement,
Last edited by secretfire; 12-19-2010 at 12:34 PM..