Possible input method for Japanese/etc writing exercises
I can't remember ever having posted in the discussions before and I'm not certain what the policy is on links (there doesn't seem to be anything in the guidelines), so hopefully this is okay: You can find a working example of my implementation here: https://foxislam.000webhostapp.com/dropdown.html
You can also find my Chrome extension of this same tool here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/japanese-character-select/jooepnapgdcphfacefjokolijbamicen
I'm sure the Duo team have already done this (and there are likely better alternatives available) but I had some free time and a little motivation ツ
That's the ideal scenario, but AFAIK from the courses on here that use different character-sets the team seem reluctant to do that. I'm not certain why (I gave my guess on the above page), but if the case is that they don't want it to have to be a requirement then this is a possible alternative. With a system like this in place both the people who have IMEs installed and the people who don't can get similar utility from the course.
I also addressed the forward slash thing on the page, but it's really not important because I agree with you that IMEs are a better option for people who plan on writing extensively in any language.
Would it enable you to type the language on other forums, in other files, etc. outside Duolingo too?
Presumably people who learn a language want to be able to use the language wherever they go, not only on one website.
For example, I installed the United States-International keyboard on Windows so that I can more easily type Spanish words with diacritics outside Duolingo too (instead of only being able to produce ñ or é by clicking a button on a Duolingo page). :)
Following this response I decided to learn how to make Chrome extensions so that I could turn this into something that can be used while browsing the web. Here you go: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/japanese-character-select/jooepnapgdcphfacefjokolijbamicen