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Completely rewritten table sorting script.
Fixes Bug 8028, Bug 8115, Bug 15406, Bug 17141, Bug 8732

1. Sites can specify custom collations.
The script accepts an object "tableSorterCollation" which contains a lookup
table, how specific characters should be treated.
For example, after setting "tableSorterCollation={'ä':'ae', 'ß':'ss'};" in the
site's common.js any string containing an ä or Ä will be sorted as if it were a

2. Table rows can be forced to use a specific data type.
By setting class="sort-{Parsername}", the row will be parsed with the specified
algorithm. class="sort-date" would force date sorting etc.
The following parsers are available: text, IPAddress, number, url, currency,
date, isoDate, usLongDate, time

3. Execution time is reduced by half or more.

Sorting a 935 row * 8 columns table:

Browser     Before      After
--------    ------      -----
Chrome 10   90ms        42ms
Safari 5    115ms       48ms
Firefox 4   412ms       87ms
IE8         720ms       115ms

4. Based on the content language and the mdy vs dmy preference, the parser can
understand dates such as "17. März '11". wgMonthNames=[] and
in the content language and the mdy vs dmy preference are exported to js; A
table containing the following dates would be sorted correctly:
17. Jan. 01
23 Feb 1992
13 November 2001
14 Oktober '76

Was tested in ie6-8, chrome, safari 5, ff3 & ff4


Isn't <tt>tableSorterCollation</tt> something that should go into 
<tt>mw.config.get( ... )</tt>?

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