A McGraw Hill Book Plug-in PHP: 100 Power Solutions
By Robin Nixon (McGraw Hill 2010, ISBN 978-0071666596)

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Chapter 3: Plug-in 9 - Remove Accents

When you have data that's accented with diacritics you sometimes need to convert this data to plain ASCII but still be able to read it. The solution is to replace all the diacritic characters with standard ones using this plug-in.

The Figure shows some French text before and after running the plug-in.