sortee: Generate string for sort key

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A library for creating sort key, inspired by Jira's Lexorank.

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To represent an ordered list in database, the simplest way is to assign an integer to each row. The problem though is, reordering requires updating multiple rows. Sorting by string can overcome this problem, Sortee provides a function that generates strings for sorting.


Let's say you have 3 rows, with "a" "c" "t" as sort key. To move "t" to the middle of the list, you can get the new sort key by:

between "a" "c" -- "b"

If you do not have a lower / upper reference, pass Nothing:

between Nothing "9" -- "4"
between "q" Nothing -- "v"

When there is no "space" between keys, Sortee increases the length of the string.

between "h" "i" == Sortee "hU"
between Nothing "1" == Sortee "0U"


Not every possible input is valid.

between Nothing "0" -- Nothing
between "b" "b" -- Nothing
between "b" "b0" -- Nothing