apache mod rewrite problem

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I have a site hosted with godaddy that uses a database to hold
which is then dynamically loaded into a fixed template by calling the
url such as mydomain.com/content.php?artid=3 etc.

It would be nice if users could enter urls as mydomain.com/articles/3
etc which I believe is achievable with apache mod rewrite. I
added an .htaccess file contining:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^articles/([^/\.]+)/?$ content.php?artid=$1 [L]

When this didn't work I googled the problem to find the suggestion
that with godaddy it was necessary to add an additional command, ie:

Options -MultiViews
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^articles/([^/\.]+)/?$ content.php?artid=$1 [L]

However, this still returns a "page cannot be found error".

Any suggestions?

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