Well, since I got a clamoring response to this question, I thought I
would post what I did back to the list. Maybe my hair-brained answer
will evoke some better solutions
The jist of it is that I query the contents of each field, and when
empty put in a default value (my choice was a “?”). That shows the user
that a value is needed and alows in_place_edit to show the field.
In the order view, with shipping point as the example field…
<% if @order.shippingpoint.empty? %>
<%= @order.shippingpoint = “?” %>
<% end %>
<%= in_place_editor_field :order, :shippingpoint %>
I would really like to see something that doesn’t involve custom code
for each field or putting garbage data in the field as a default value.