My idea started out being simple, I wanted a view in which some (but not all) of the fields were editable.
An increasingly large can of worms has opened up... see the post here:
I'd really appreciate feedback... I would like to know that what I'm doing will be useful, so please comment!
This is now working, and a patch is attached. It is a patch against the DRUPAL-5 release of both cck and views, and is attached here.
There are two "issues" to track the CCK and Views part of this work:
The two issue pages have the patches relevant to those modules attached individually.
(PLEASE use this page to talk about this overall functionality, and the two issue pages for issues with respect to those modules, dont add more comments to http://drupal.org/node/155253)