Very recently, I was disturbed. Coolantz homepage would render with jagged fonts, especially when their size was scaled up. They really looked horrible. I was using firefox to view the page, and since I use it as my default browser, I had a problem on hand.
Accidentally, I decided to open it with IE, one day, and behold … the font rendering was much smoother. Now I had to investigate. So I decided to google.
I chanced to hit upon a Microsoft gem, called cleartype.
ClearType is the Microsoft implementation of subpixel rendering technology, aiming to improve the appearance of text on certain types of computer display screens, especially LCD flat-panel monitors.
How to enable clear type on Windows XP.
1.Click on your display (in an empty area), and right click. Go to properties on the context menu.
2.Click on appearance tab, and click effects button.
3. Check on the second option, (reading use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts).
4.Select ClearType from the corresponding drop down. Hit Apply.
The plus side of doing it is that it also enables smooth font rendering on all the Win32 windows.