Despite this, the Borg used alphanumeric code as their written language and for encoding and transmitting data throughout the Collective. Their language consisted of circular symbols with geometric shapes cut out of them. These symbols could be seen on various control panels, labels, and viewscreens within Borg structures. It was written in many different directions: in horizontal lines going from left to right and right to left, and vertically. As the name suggests, the symbols represented both alphabetic characters that represented sounds, and numbers, with much Borg terminology comprising alphanumeric sequences.