Why is the Font rendering in IE so much better than Firefox?

Here’s a sample from Internet Explorer

and the equivalent from Firefox

Although this may not seem to be substantially different, it does make a big difference.

There’s actually a simple fix for all fonts that Windows XP displays, simply enable ClearType.

  1. Right click on the Desktop and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Appearance tab and choose the Effects button
  3. In the option “use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts” choose ClearType
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