I have two meta tag questions

When it comes to meta tags I know mostly what I want. I do have a couple of tags I have questions for.

Lets start with this tag. It came in part of a tutorial on something I was working on. It is in my site. I would like to know if possible what it does and why I would need it.
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">

The other tag in questions is the GEO Tag. Do people use it and does it really help with anything?


Hi, could you post the tags you are having questions about?


Hi Sorry about that. I did post the tags but since wrapped in the <> they disappeared.

Here is the tag that I don’t know what it is.
meta http-equiv=“X-UA-Compatible” content=“IE=edge”

Here are the geo tags
meta name=“geo.region” content=“US-FL” /
meta name=“geo.placename” content=“Wesley Chapel” /
meta name=“geo.position” content=“28.258541;-82.341692” /
meta name=“ICBM” content=“28.258541, -82.341692” /


IE edge - https://www.modern.ie/en-us/performance/how-to-use-x-ua-compatible

Basically, if users are in compatibility mode, it will force them to basically not use it. It’s good for getting users to use the highest version of IE possible.

As far as the geo meta tags, I would not use them. It’s for geo targeting. Google does not use it though, since it’s found to not be reliable. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/03/working-with-multi-regional-websites.html

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Thank You. I never actually knew about the geo tags before. I just came across them in some post I was reading. If Google does not need then then neither do I.

As for the other tag. Are you saying that if a user has IE in compatibility mode that a page with that tag is not going to work or that it will not make compatibility mode available for that page. I guess what I am asking is should it be used or not?


100% always use that tag. I’m saying that tag, if put in, will force compatibility mode to not work. That is what you want to happen. Compatibility mode was one of the stupidest inventions of MSIE

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Thanks for clearing that up. I will definitely leave that tag in place.

The strange thing that at one of my jobs where I only work on computers and networks and not building any website stuff for them, they for some reason require us to use compatibility mode for their application which has an html based user interface menu to access the applications and also to be able to properly use the company employees main website,

That application is probably 10ish years old and should probably be upgraded. They require compatibility mode since that application was probably written for IE7 and since it’s a terribly made app, it breaks elsewhere. That’s just the company being stupid and allowing that development to happen like that.

The company is very dated and should work on upgrading.

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Yep you got that one right, it is over 10 years old, they have been and are putting in a lot of effort to upgrade to the cloud through their own servers but still have to have access to a specific amount of back years versions that would be too costly to rebuild for the less than nothing payout that would come from them.

I am guessing that the most recent years are built in a way to take advantage of the new technology and when the time frame gets past having to support certain things they all will be well.

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