A colleague came to me and asked me to help her with more advanced functionality in SharePoint. She created a list and it contained too much data to display easily. It was suggested to her to make a small text box somewhere that, once a user clicks on an item in a list, the box or area is filled in with the list field, in this case a comment field.
She already tried creating a webpart and using the "Connections" ability without success. It was grayed out.
After some researching and testing, I started to believe her list (which appeared as a datasheet view and had the Access Web Datasheet icon in the upper left hand corner) format may be the culprit.
When I chose to display the list in Standard View, the connections menu item was enabled. I imagine, because I don't have time to do the research, that the Access Web Datasheet may not allow interaction to other webparts, but this is just a theory. I found no such information in a search through the web.
To see how I enabled the dataview webpart to default to an empty record upon the original page loading, see my next blog.