How does the Finish publishing feeature for articles work?

by Chaosxmk   Last Updated September 08, 2017 15:10 PM

I've noticed that articles have very handy Start Publishing and Finish Publishing fields that will automatically (at least how I understand it) published or unpublish articles based entirely off of those two fields. I was wondering if anyone could explain where/how exactly this feature works.

Is there a plugin that checks and updates the articles in the background? Is the article's state updated when fetched by JModelList or JModelItem? Is a MYSQL trigger created that handles it?

I'm really not sure where to look, so I haven't really found anything.

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