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Boilerplate text, or simply boilerplate, is any written text (
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) that can be reused in new contexts or applications without significant changes to the original. The term is used in reference to statements, contracts and
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, and is used in the media to refer to hackneyed or unoriginal writing.


Etymology

"Boiler plate" originally referred to the rolled steel used to make
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boiler
s to heat water. Metal printing plates of prepared text such as advertisements or syndicated columns were distributed to small, local
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newspaper
s, and became known as 'boilerplates' by analogy. One large supplier to newspapers of this kind of boilerplate was the Western Newspaper Union, which supplied "ready-to-print stories
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contained national or international news" to papers with smaller geographic footprints, which could include advertisements pre-printed next to the conventional content.


Boilerplate language

In contract law, the term "boilerplate language" or "
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" describes the parts of a contract that are considered standard. A
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or boilerplate contract is a contract between two parties, where the terms and conditions of the contract are set by one of the parties, and the other party has little or no ability to negotiate more favorable terms and is thus placed in a "take it or leave it" position. Boilerplate language may also exist in pre-created
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s. The person sending the form letter then usually only needs to add his or her name at the end of the pre-written greeting and body.


Boilerplate code

In computer programming, boilerplate is the sections of code that have to be included in many places with little or no alteration. Such boilerplate code is particularly salient when the programmer must include a lot of code for minimal functionality. A related phenomenon, bookkeeping code, is code that is not part of the business logic, but is interleaved with it in order to keep data structures updated or able to handle secondary
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of the program.


Boilerplate statement

A boilerplate statement or response generally refers to a message used with minimal effort for multiple different situations. Examples include official statements from government officials like ''"Our
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go to those affected"'' or messages left from companies' staff like ''"Thank you for contacting us. Most issues are solved by going to our website."''


See also

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Clipboard manager A clipboard manager is a computer program A computer program is a collection of instructions that can be executed by a computer to perform a specific task. A computer program is usually written by a computer programmer in a programming lang ...
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Snippet management Snippet is a programming term for a small region of re-usable source code, machine code, or text. Ordinarily, these are formally defined operative units to incorporate into larger Module (programming), programming modules. Snippet management is a ...
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Template processor A template processor (also known as a template engine or template parser) is software designed to combine templates with a data model to produce result documents. The language that the templates are written in is known as a template language o ...
s are used to generate boilerplate text automatically *
TranspromotionalTranspromotional ("transpromo") is a compound expression formed from the words "transaction" and "promotional". By adding relevant messages, companies can piggyback promotion Promotion may refer to: Marketing * Promotion (marketing), one of the fo ...


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