AHA! Sorry about my dumbness, my brain went totally blank regarding this subject - and what was annoying me the most earlier was that I could remember trying to get this to work on an old host a while ago, but I'd TOTALLY forgotten what Apache module it was which offers this functionality... And whatever I Googled for (and I usually regard myself as a proficient keyword Googler when it comes to finding what I want) I just couldn't, for the life of me, remember what it was I should be looking for. Kept on coming up blank every time.
I'll nip off and give this a go now, cheers for jogging my brain mate.
dh ftw? yarly
hahaha, who edited my post Here's my own edit - for those who are seeking the resolve the problem of the file contents not showing up in the header, even if you specify them in the htaccess... The gotcha caveat in the Apache documentation (and it's something I always forget):
So yeah, I named my file as .readme.htm and specified in the htaccess:
... and bam: it works great.
(the . hides the actual file from the dir listing, thus increasing the magickness)
This is as much for my future reference (because I have a brain like a sieve), but I hope it comes in useful for others.