When initialized, the Kendo Mobile Application modifies the behavior of the Kendo UI hybrid widgets—ListView link items, buttons, tabs—so that they navigate between the mobile views when the user taps them. However, if you define a link that is not a Kendo UI widget or part of one, the Application does not recognize it as inner navigation. What you can do to fix this, is to set data-role="button"
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