PHP Turn special characters to normal ones

Hello experts,

I have a website written in html and php.
There I have form, which among other things requests the user to type in their name and first name.
I have to do some further processing with these data.
The problem is that many users have special characters in their names, and that causes errors in my further processings.
Is there a php function to turn the special characters into normal ones? (i.e. á to a)
I use UTF-8.

Thanks for your help
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niko86Connect With a Mentor Commented:
you could do this with trtr

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iconv will not convert special chars to normal ones, it can convert them to utf-8, but that's not what was requested
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