thanks for your reply. I had pretty much realized that there is a missing piece.
David, I have been studying your topic http://datakoncepts.com/seo (amongst others) up and down many times, with all text displayed. That's how above strings came into existence. I read through it again just now and even searched for 'handler' - the only mention of 'handler' is re. if mod_rewrite listed or not ..
Please note that I'm still learning. What's obvious to you with all your experience might totally not be obvious to others ..
Re. 'Look into a RewriteMap': correct, I don't have access, but I will (have to) forward your finding (to both others involved). The only instance of 'RewriteMap' is in this paragraph:
There have been many questions about how to use a database to redirect from a title (or other field) to an ID. Unless you have access to your httpd.conf (in order to create a RewriteMap application), forget about using a database for your redirections. Instead, make the field of choice unique and use that field to create your links.
This is nothing I can forward, because I would (reasonably) be told that a mention of 'many questions' does not help, and that instead we need an answer ..
I would be greatly appreciated if you could point me to the answers and solutions re. 'RewriteMap' (and ideally even include a link in that paragraph of your Apache's mod_rewrite topic to the thread where RewriteMap solutions are listed. In that regard even a mention of 'handler.php' + link to such treatise could only be beneficial.)
I'm sure that the sticky created from the tutorial probably has both solutions to the problem, too.
That's an oxymoron - EITHER sure OR probably ..