format-time-string function takes a time argument like
'(21761 64499 350937 0) and a format string like
"%y-%m-%d %a %H:%M" and returns something like
"15-03-12 Thu 16:49".
What is the inverse function, which takes
"15-03-12 Thu 16:49" and
"%y-%m-%d %a %H:%M", and returns
'(21761 64499 350937 0)?
I am trying to parse times out of a website so as to convert them into org-mode timestamps, but I'm having trouble finding the right function in the emacs documentation.
Edit I'm promoting this from my comment to erikstoke's answer.
org-parse-time-string are insufficient because while they parse many standard time strings, they do not allow for specified formats. Both functions are rather incomprehensive. In particular, they lack ISO8601 support.