first of all thank you for a great mod and thank you for working on updating it.
i know what force of will is required to learn another rendering system after learning the pre 1.8 one, even if you know that things have gone for the better, so thank you for it. a small hint, please skip 1.8 and its basic json format and go for the improved json format. much easier for you, and with all these game versions out there, modders should help some game version to die off (starting with 1.8.0 and 1.9.0) by not supporting them.
take your time and please don’t lose nerves because some guys will post “hurry up” at you.
personally, i’d prefer if you put out lite edition for 1.9.4 and 1.10.2.
i’m sure i’m not the only one who wants bookshelves and item shelves and would only disable the nonse… more imaginative stuff you added later.