What the title says, in the image below you can see what exactly is happening, a normal text is rendered weirdly in Chrome, it looks like the characters shown are shifted with respect to what the actual text contains, e.g. instead of 'g' I get rendered 'f' or 'w' instead of 'x' and so on. In the image left side is Chrome and right side is Safari. Any idea on what caused this and how can I fix it?

My specs are, OS: Sonoma 14.3 running on M1 2020, Chrome: 123.0.6312.58 (Official Build) (arm64) which as of date is the latest version.

I really appreciate your help. Thank you.

Example of what's happening

PD: the code that generated this webpage.

<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=windows-1252"><title></title></head><body>


This is a dummy text rendered in Chrome and rendered in Safari, as you can see the text in Chrome gets rendered wrongly: "On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."
  • I see the same, in Chrome and in all Chromium-based browsers.
    – nohillside
    Commented Mar 24 at 22:53
  • You mean it is like a widespread error?
    – manifold
    Commented Mar 24 at 22:54
  • Does thethreevirtues.com render correctly for you? I started to notice this two weeks ago, but it doesn‘t happen on all my Macs/in all user accounts.
    – nohillside
    Commented Mar 24 at 22:58
  • 1
    @benwiggy Well... I'm fully aware that it is something specific to my Mac account (it doesn't happen on other accounts on the same machine), and basically a rendering issue (copy/paste into Textedit works correctly). But the potential causes are endless, would hope for some pointers at least ...
    – nohillside
    Commented Mar 25 at 14:27
  • 2
    @nohillside Something like that, yes. You need to restart anyway, so I usually just boot into Safe mode, and restart again, which also clears them.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Mar 25 at 16:26

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I had a similar problem, with Chromium based browsers showing gibberish when rendering https://thethreevirtues.com/ and other pages. Took some debugging, at the end it was a corrupted font file for "Times" which I had installed locally (in ~/Library/Fonts) to fix a Java-related issue a while ago. Removing this file and restarting Chrome solved the issue.

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