SEO/user friendly URL rewrite rules - what am I overlooking?
I know that Apache rewrite rules are not considered to be very newbie-friendly, but for some reason I keep struggling with them forever. This time I'm trying to do something that I know is rather simple but I can't get it to work and I just don't see it.
So far I have:
which works fine and redirects www.domain.tld/xyz.html to www.domain.tld/index.html?page=xyz. So far, so good. But now I also would like to redirect something like www.domain.tld/en/xyz.html to www.domain.tld/index.html?lang=en&page=xyz (where 'en' obviously stands for 'English' and will change with the language to 'fr', 'nl' or what not).
RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html$ index.php?page=$1 [nc]
Thing is, the language subdir in the URL must be optional and reverts to a default setting if omitted. So both www.domain.tld/xyz.html and www.domain.tld/language/xyz.html should be rewritten correctly (to index.php?etcetera with and without the l=language bit in the query string, respectively).
And I can't figure out how to make it work - I know I'm overlooking something stupidly simple, but I just don't see it.
Any suggestions to point me into the right direction would be appreciated!!