Being a website designer I'm constantly exposed to problems like this on a daily basis. What OS are you using? On Mac (my OS/Platform of choice) you will notice a far smoother render of typefaces in all browsers that you would on Windows. It sometime depends on the font, font size (some typefaces are optimised at an uneven value e.g. 11,13,15px) whether it is a system font, contrast of background and foreground colours (some browsers render colours differently) but you shouldn't notice too much of a difference across a range of browsers on one OS, unless of course you are using IE which is so, so shit.
Bluedacris, your thoughts would be greatly appreciated:-
I'm a Firefox convert for many years (using Mozilla's Thunderbird client too) but recently I've taken on Chrome to avoid some of the Firefox incompatibility plug-ins when using UK proxy servers and the like, and also have IE since it comes with Windows XP.
I'm not a MAC man since I was in corporate Honda with responsibility for a little publishing (and dealing with dealers) and that was over ten years ago...
the stuff I'm looking at now looks really awful on certain pages with Chrome and IE, but appears fine on Firefox. I've tried jiggling with font sizes and Chrome 'engine' settings, but just can't figure this out.
as earlier posters have said, it would appear that it's in the rendering and is simply an anomaly - unless of course you know otherwise?
any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated, and by all means feel free to PM me (I always return favours)
& thanks for your post.