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   problem with #&233; characters and such in URL

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Hi all,
I was hoping to get help with a little problem of mine I am a total noobie so bear with me.
I have an xls script where I construct an URL out of a variable like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:for-each select="cast/star">
                       <td nowrap="nowrap" class="value"><a href="http://us.imdb.com/Name?{person/lastname},+{person/firstname}"><xsl:apply-templates select="person"/></a></td>
                       <xsl:if test="character!=''">
                         <td class="value"><i><xsl:value-of select="character"/></i></td>
the current linking has a problem with accented Names like
e.g. Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
the template would make a link like:
"http://us.imdb.com/Name?Guti&#233;rrez,+Zaide Silvia"
which will end up in the browser as:
which of course will lead to an error.
the right link would look like this:
i tried to solve this via the ENTITY command without luck.
e.g.: <!DOCTYPE person [
<!ENTITY #233 "%E9">
well, it would suffice to pass the names without any accents, too, i just don't know how i can do this....
can anyone help? only if there's an easy solution...

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