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Text that is used over and over with very little or no change. For example, boilerplate is essential in the legal profession as pre-written paragraphs are often combined to create agreements. It is also essential for canned responses in tech support and is a feature of many e-mail programs. Also called "stationery" and "templates," e-mail boilerplate enables a message with the same subject and body text to reply to different recipients. Unfortunately, the boilerplate feature is not always available, especially in Web-based e-mail, requiring several extra steps to accomplish the task. See boilerplate code and e-mail signature.

AUTO-TYPIST (1940s to 1970s)
Like a player piano, it read canned text as hole patterns on pre-punched rolls. As the roll unwound, the holes directed negative pressure through hoses connected to a tiny bellows on each key, snapping it down. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

Create the Boilerplate
Typing on this AUTO-TYPIST perforator recorded the text by punching holes in the rolls. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

"The Ultimate in Automatic Typing"
From the 1940s up until the mid-1970s, AUTO-TYPIST machines from the American Automatic Typewriter Company provided reliable document processing. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)
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The content library central storage for reusable boilerplate content to maintain consistency and accuracy.
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Consequently, owners and managers should pay particular attention to typical boilerplate provisions and even try to enhance these clauses to include more substantive provisions customarily integrated into American contracts.
They may be great in reading underwriting guides, navigating through systems, multiplying exposure times rate, combining different sections of a boilerplate proposal and the like.
Many have, however, supplemented the old round file, and the boilerplate response letter, with voice mail and Internet baskets that can filter unwanted contact into the digital round files and boilerplate email of our silicon age.
He conceded that the line could be revamped for future use, which is one of Conrail's boilerplate claims.
Today, most commercial Web sites include at least a boilerplate privacy statement, and, in addition, many sites ask visitors to click their consent.
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Features include drag-and-drop management of boilerplate text and support for industry standard interfaces like DOM, CSS, JavaScript and VBScript.
In Eudora, for example, you can set up filters to sort incoming mail so that all mail with the subject header "weekly special" goes to a certain mailbox, and the sender gets an auto-response detailing the week's specials--all without your staff having to open that request or even paste in boilerplate text by hand.
Perhaps he should select a style, hew to it, and run a nonpareil boilerplate explainer in each issue.