timothius - 9:03 am on Jun 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank-you very much for your reply lucy. I entered my solution as soon as I discovered it. Now we're both sorry it wasn't sooner. :S
Yes, the redirect was just for experimental purposes. I could have made that clearer.
Yes, having mod_rewrite and mod_alias directives together can cause issues - none that I've experienced, but I've read they can get in each other's way.
Wow, you are sharp... I didn't realize that my my mention of 404 errors wasn't consistent with the example code that I provided, but you caught it. The 404 errors were because some of my redirects weren't actual files names. In the above code however, the redirect just wouldn't take place.
I am curious though about the minor points you brought up... like why the order of the rules should be reversed.