I wonder why this is done, for me it makes a dependancy situation arise that if the htaccess is not there then the code is output to the browser and a security risk. Ok so we can be careful but is it a SEO thing?
do .php pages get a worse treatment from spiders?
what other considerations..
here is the content of the .htaccess for complettness-would this replicate in child folders or does this file need to be in child folders too?
AddType application/x-httpd-php .html AddType application/x-httpd-php .htm AddType application/x-httpd-php .php3