[quote]>> You may reduce twenty-one lines down to a single line with the following <<
Wouldn't that then block any bot with the word "Web" in the UA string?
That isn't what was intended.[quote]
It denys access to UA's that begin with thos three letters/charcters.
Also the quotation marks in all of hybrid's lines are redundant and not necessary.
Even though as fiestagirl pointed out some time ago that Apache Rewrites advises using quotes around UA's.
I have less than a handful of quotes surrounding UA's and use that option sparringly as when confined in quotes; it implys exactly as.
Thus when using quotes you are not even required to use the backslash/escape character for blank spaces.
Jim is much more knowlegeable about these procedures than myself. The majority of what I've learned regarding Rewrites has been through the benefit of long participation in forum 11 (I rarely venture to other forums of Webmaster World).
I thrive to keep my rewrite lines simple and easy to understand.
I recall a good friend telling me privately that it was necessary for he to include remarks in his rewrites so that he was able to determine later precisely what the rewrite accomplished :)
Except for a very few rewrites that have been provided to me by the same friend to solve what I term as complicated issues, my rewrites are basic and simple.
My friend has the capability to jump through hoops that I wouldn't even survey ;)