g1smd - 3:16 am on Apr 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Close? Sort of.
Escape literal periods in patterns.
Do not escape slashes.
Specify protocol and domain name in rule target.
Pattern beginning ^index would be used in htaccess and ^/index in httpd.conf
In the second rule, you didn't capture anything, so $1 would be empty.