I am attempting to pass in like a parameter a category title such as this

"Lights+&lifier+Lamps"

with this particular rewrite rule

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST}        example.com$
RewriteRule ^/category/([^/]+)$   /showproduct.pl?category=$1 [PT]

I realize &lifier is really a paramater separator, but even if I pass in :

"Lights+%26+Lamps"

My output is "Lights"

So mod rewrite is eating everything at %26

I have attempted different flags like [NE] and QSA without any luck.

Any ideas?

Would you rewrite % to %25 with another rule before that?