Slugify: converts strings in any language into Slugs (friendly names to use in URLs and filenames)

function slugify() { echo "$@" | iconv -c -t ASCII//TRANSLIT//IGNORE | sed -r -e 's~[^[:alnum:]]+~ ~g' -e 's~^ *~~;s~ *$~~' -e 's~ +~-~g' | tr A-Z a-z; }
Slug the part of an URL which identifies a page using human-readable keywords. Slugs are used to construct friendly URLs (often for permalinks) that are easy to type, descriptive, and easy to remember.
Sample Output
function slugify() { echo "$@" | iconv -c -t ASCII//TRANSLIT//IGNORE | sed -r -e 's~[^[:alnum:]]+~ ~g' -e 's~^ *~~;s~ *$~~' -e 's~ +~-~g' | tr A-Z a-z; }


# testing special characters and spaces:
slugify " Test: µÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔÕÖØÙÚÛÜÝß      and àáâãäåæçèéêëìíîïðñòóôõöøùúûüýÿ ";

# output:
test-uaaaaaaaeceeeeiiiidnoooooouuuuyss-and-aaaaaaaeceeeeiiiidnoooooouuuuyy

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