Do Alt key characters show in URL addy if used ??

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I was curious to know if I was to use an Alt key character on a site name, will that actually appear as part of my URL when my site is published?? I created a site using an Alt key character and I see it on my banner etc but I'm not so certain that it will appear as I see it when it comes to the URL addy.

Eg only: ♥INDI♥ is clueless (just use that as hyperthetical website name)

Sooooooo, when published will the ♥ appear? are they valid characters in a URL addy?

Thank you in advance, need to know before I start a small (2nd) site, no point getting it wrong right from the name....lol.

INDI
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To quote from RFC 1738, Dec. '94 :

"...Only alphanumerics [0-9a-zA-Z], the special characters "$-_.+!*'()," [not including the quotes - ed], and reserved characters used for their reserved purposes may be used unencoded within a URL."

You could encode the characters, say you wanted an @ symbol in your URL, and you URL was www.indi@.com (just for example) the 'proper' URL would be www.indi%40.com which isn't very user-friendly, so whilst it is possible, I wouldn't recommend it.

Callum Booth

P.S. If I got any of this wrong, feel free to correct me, I'm not an expert in this field

EDIT: The ♥ is not possible in a URL because it's not in the ISO-8859-1 (ISO-Latin) character range
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I doubt it very much INDI. Why not just try it on a dummy site. You can always delete it afterwards.
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Thank you Callum and Boomer....

I have the feeling it won't work and Boomer, I guess the thing that prompted me to actually ask was because I started playing a little earlier with a site that did infact have a ♥ and as I said yes it appeared in the name on the banner I looked up when I previewed the page and saw that the ♥ was appearing as a "box" (like you'd find in some font dingbats).

** I don't suppose you know of any way to maybe change the font style which would help then I wouldn't be wanting to dress it up with alt charcters? The free banner I chose sticks the name there but is so boring and uninteresting like plain ole Ariel :( I tried another banner that I can do my own banner but it still came back to the URL and the ♥

Thank you thank you :)
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You may be able to use the special characters for the page title though (the name that appears in the browser tab). I once saw a site where they used "slashes" to create an image of Table Mountain. I'm going to try draw it here using special characters. Hope it comes out. /\/¯¯¯¯\/\
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I have used special characters for the site name before. (like a copyright symbol)
I've even used a little html. I'm not recommending this at all but Ive used <font> </font> tags too. Use at your own risk.
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Thanks again for your response :) Oh, you are clever with your drawing :) Amazes me really what you can do with some key strokes. I guess sometimes I get a lil fussy and want something I can't have .....lol.

Noted "use at own risk" !!

Cheers