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How do I strip string for specific characters

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I have a string entered dynamically, that I want to strip for any characters, that is not english. Example: Jürgen should be Jrgen.
How would I do that.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Why not Jurgen or Juergen
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Anyway
str = str.replace(/[^a-zA-Z]/g,"")
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by:petersego
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Because I dont know what special characters might be used. There might be dozens of unknown characters like ê, ë, õ, æ and I cant make rules for everyone.
But if its possible I would love it.
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I would find a page with some standard replacement rules.
Off the top of my head:

ö,ø => oe
ä,æ => ae
å => aa
ü => ue
èéë => e

then there are some language specific ones, like ÿ in Dutch can be ij
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacritic

But perhaps more important WHY do you want to replace? If everything is in UTF8, then no need to
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by:petersego
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Yes, you are right about the replacement rules - too. Thanks a lot.
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