Why does Bing WEbmaster tools say ther is missing meta language

I do not understand why Bing Webmaster tools reports as follows:
SEO Suggestions      
Error Count      Description
1      The page is missing meta language information.

All the required meta tags are in place.   The site rates no 7 currently on page 1 of Goolge but does not appear at all on BIng.
I am puzzled. Can anyone help please?
digiselAsked:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Do you have a meta tag like this?

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
The meta language tag is old hat, but here is the format:

<meta name="language" content="english" />

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W3 recommends setting the language via the html element however. Hence instead of a meta tag, you'd instead use:

<html lang="en">

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digiselAuthor Commented:
I have this meta tag

<meta charset="utf-8">
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digiselAuthor Commented:
Also how important is all this anway.   I ask because it is not easy for me to get to the head of the website to make any changes.
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
The character set tag isn't what bing is alerting you about. See the tags I referenced if you want to suppress the error.

To answer your question, the language tags are not overly important. Both search engine and browser technology can interpret the language well if it's common.

Where these tags are most effective is if your site is in a language that is very similar to another language, for example:
Gaelic (Scottish)      gd
Gaelic (Manx)      gv

When a translation app tries to translate the page, providing the correct language can assist it with little nuances that are Lang specific.
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
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digiselAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your time and input.   Much appreciated.
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