The edit detail of the grid example is a detail view that connect directly with an action method. Its best use is a grid that has NO EDIT TEMPLATE, so when you edit a row it retrieves data trough an action method and AUTOMATICALLY send the new data to the
DISPLAY TEMPLATE (NOT TO THE EDIT TEMPLATE) of the row involved.
If the above its ok, you can do it quite easily ...but you have to use a DISPLAY ONLY grid, that is updated JUST WITH THE DETAIL WINDOW. This means you will have no possibility to undo your modifications.
If you need a detail window that works just on the client side and it is automatically synchronized with a current selected row...This will be provided together with several other nice features with the "Data-Moving" plugin I already announced on
the home page of the codeplex site. This plugin will allow you to sinchronize easily areas of the screen, and to provide input just by dragging containers of information (for instance a virtual "customer card"), and to undo ANY action done on the page. However,
a stable release of this plugin would require a couple of months...and the plugin will not be free. In a few days I will post a video showing the first alpha working.
Therefore at moment the best solution is a link in the edit template that opens a jquery UI dialog...and then copiying back and forth the data. However consider also the first solution I proposed based on a display only grid (a grid without an edit template)
+the standard detail window that connects immediately to the sever.
Pls notice I defined a linkedin group of the Mvc Controls Toolkit users...now it is small but if we reach at least about 100 people it will start attracting,
possible customers, suppliers, people looking for a job and so on...so it may become an interesting place where to find what you need!