Something like: Jim
If you wish to change the URL requested from your server, you must change the URL that appears on your pages.
Then use mod_rewrite to detect those 'special' URLs, and rewrite them to your script with the additional script variable.
# handle "view=24" case
RewriteRule ^(view-[0-9]+)-([^.]+)\.htm$ $2.htm?var=$1 [NC,L]
# handle other cases
RewriteRule ^([0-9a-z]+)-([^.]+)\.htm$ $2.htm?var=$1 [NC,L]
The [NC] flag makes character comparison case-insensitive, and is faster than using [A-Za-z] in the pattern. The [L] flag tells mod_rewrite to stop processing rules if the pattern matches and the URL is rewritten.