How can I check if the user has access to any particular article? I was looking at $user->authorise() method but it looks like it's only for core edit, edit own and some other permissions.

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You can see an exemple of this check in this file



$authorised = JAccess::getAuthorisedViewLevels(JFactory::getUser()->get('id'));

if (in_array($item->access, $authorised))
    // We know that user has the privilege to view the article
    // do something here

Where $item is your article

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