Enabling htaccess Use under OSX 10.5 (Leopard)
You may have some basic functionality of htaccess for Apache 2 in Leopard, but you won't be able to have any of the useful features (files, filematch, mod_rewrite, etc). To enable an override of htaccess you'll need to edit 2 config files. Launch Terminal and....
sudo pico /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
(enter your password when prompted)
Hit ctrl-w to do a search, type
htaccess, and hit enter.
The first instance will have a line saying
AllowOverride None. Change this to
Press ctrl-x (exit), y (save), enter.
sudo pico /etc/apache2/users/YOUR_USERNAME_HERE.conf
Do the same thing (replace None with All, save and exit.)
Go to System Preferences->Sharing. Uncheck "Web Sharing" and check it again (restart Apache).
You now have standard control and functionality of htaccess.