using System.Text;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

public static class StringExtensions
    public static string StripSpecialCharacters(this string s)
        if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(s))
            return string.Empty;

        Regex r = new Regex(@"\s+");//remove all whitespace
        s = r.Replace(s, " ");	// to a single space

        MatchCollection mc = Regex.Matches(s, @"[A-Za-z0-9]|\s+", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);
        s = string.Empty;
        foreach (Match m in mc)
            s += m.ToString();

        return s;
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