Snippets tabTrigger can't start with a period

Jake Wilson 8 years ago updated by Richard Tape 8 years ago 2
I just installed the official jQuery TextMate bundle.  A lot of the snippet tabTrigger words start with a period, like


The tabTriggers do not work if the word starts with a period.  I can easily remove the period from the tabTrigger definition in the snippet file and it works fine.
Looks like you can't start with a "<" symbol either. I had a snippet to insert inline html comments so that I typed


and I received 

<!-- $0 -->

But when making a snippet with a tabTrigger of <! I get an error

Error parsing snippet xml: Error reading end tag. In file Packages/User/comment.sublime-snippet

(It's the same for either < and <! so it's clearly the < character it dislikes)
Haha. 30 seconds after posting this comment I had a lightbulb moment (because I clicked the 'code' button here on UserEcho. I tried using


(i.e. escaped html) and that works just great!