Implement ACAP

Implementing ACAP should take no more than 30 minutes. It is an extremely simply process for any IT professional and, until it is implemented by the major search engines, it will have no actual impact on the functionality of your site. Implementation today is largely symbolic and part of the campaign to encourage search engines and other aggregators to adopt ACAP and respect the online copyright of content providers.

For IT professionals:

For a simple implementation of ACAP Version 1.0 you will need to have a robots.txt file.

For a more customised implementation, which now utilises ACAP Version 1.1, you will need to make modifications to employ more ACAP features. An Implementation Guide can be found here.

Which version should I use and, if I have already implemented version 1.0, should I upgrade?

ACAP version 1.1 represents a small but significant upgrade to ACAP Version 1.0, clarifying existing features and including a small number of new features. There is no absolute need for existing implementations of ACAP Version 1.0 to upgrade.
Click here for the Technical Specification for Version 1.1

What if I don't have a robots.txt file?

If you do not have a robots.txt file or wish to refine your implementation by embedding permissions directly in web pages:

Another way of communicating permissions information to web crawlers is by embedding permissions information directly in the content resources themselves. Usually used in conjunction with the inclusion of ACAP permissions in a "robots.txt" file, ACAP permissions can also be embedded in any HTML web resource. How to do so is explained in the Implementation Guide (see above) and is formally specified in Part 2 of the ACAP Version 1.1 Technical Specification, which can be found here.

Add the ACAP-enabled logo

Once you have implemented ACAP on your website, please add the "ACAP enabled" logo to your home page and other pages on your site. Go to: Add an "ACAP-enabled" logo to find out how to add the logo to your website.