While searching the web for a solution to the IE bold text + opacity bug, I came across http://jszen.blogspot.com/2005/04/ie...y-problem.html, whose solution is to add a background color or image to the container element. The problem remains when you need to keep the transparency of the element, like I needed for the semi-transparent disappearing splash screen on my main page.

So I searched for another solution and I think I came up with a better fix, using the font-weight attribute.

Read my fix and see a live example at http://www.numberedlinks.com/IE_bold_opacity_bug.html.

Note: this fix has been tested on IE 7, Firefox 1.5 and Opera 9.