Is ds dead?

I’ve made a couple of posts concerning the data server process “ds” in the
last couple of weeks and have yet to see any response. Is no one using this
facility? The documentation is pretty poor also. It seems like its not
supported anymore. I realize that shared memory is more efficient and
portable, but I really like the idea of pushing data in and out to a web
page using dhtml. Am I some kind of freak?