I'm able to get fundamental tests to utilize mod rewrite ie:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^index.php$ test.php

But what I am really attempting to accomplish is altering my dynamic url ie:

detail.php?id=1

to something similar to

detail-id-18.htm

Now this is exactly what I've in position (which i thought might have labored) however there is nothing happening:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule detail-id-(.*)\.htm$ detail.php?id=$1   

Do this

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^detail-id-([0-9]+)\.htm$ detail.php?id=$1