I am using DevExpress to create my site's main navigation menu, which is important to me to have Google crawl them but DevExpress Menu Control's output is not pure anchor element but rather an with a inside it.

Now is it SEO safe to use this menu? Here is the output code:

<li id="ASPxNavBar1_I0i0_" class="dxnb-item" onclick="ASPx.NBIClick(event, 'ASPxNavBar1', 0, 0)" style="text-align:Right;">

<a id="ASPxNavBar1_I0i0_T" class="dxnb-link" href="view.aspx?id=001"><span class="dx-vam">Some Link</span>

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The span element doesn't have any semantic meaning, it is used to hook text within inline elements.

Using a span won't effect you from an SEO stand point.

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    Yes you can, elements such as <strong> <em> etc has an impact but not <span>
    – GrapeSoda
    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:58
  • Invest some time in learning about the semantic of html. You'll worry less about seo.
    – Abu Nooh
    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:02
  • im kind of freshman to seo world. thanks i'll keep it in mind. Aug 5, 2016 at 15:50
  • @GrapeSoda one more thing! I trust you on this, should we not?!! Aug 5, 2016 at 15:52
  • Should you not what?
    – GrapeSoda
    Aug 5, 2016 at 22:16

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